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MESSAGE IN HONOR OF THE 72ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE JAPANESE IMPERIAL RESCRIPT ON SURRENDER AND THE CONCLUSION OF COMBAT ACTIONS IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC THEATERS OF OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Ladies and gentlemen, to all the people of the United States of America, to all our remaining living veterans of the Second World War of 1939-1945 and of all conflicts past and present and their families, to our veterans, active servicemen and women, reservists and families of the entire United States Armed Forces, and of all the uniformed military and civil security services of the Allied combatants of this conflict, including from the military and civil uniformed services of Pakistan, India, Poland, the Republic of the Congo, Indonesia and the Republic of Korea, to all the immediate families, relatives, children and grandchildren of the deceased veterans, fallen service personnel and wounded personnel of our military services and civil uniformed security and civil defense services, to all our workers, farmers and intellectuals, to our youth and personnel serving in youth uniformed and cadet organizations and all our athletes, coaches, judges, sports trainers and sports officials, and to all our sports fans, to all our workers of culture, music, traditional arts and the theatrical arts, radio, television, digital media and social media, cinema, heavy and light industry, agriculture, business, tourism and the press, and to all our people of the free world:

On this very day in our history, in 1914, the Battle of Cer, the very first Allied victory in the First World War against the Central Powers, began.

On this day in 1920, the Polish Land Forces inflicted a heavy defeat on the Red Army in the outskirts of Warsaw in one of the greatest battles of the Polish-Soviet War, the Battle of Warsaw, more known as the “Miracle on the Vistula River”, today marked as Armed Forces Day in this great country.

On this day 73 years ago, Operation Dragoon, the Allied landing offensive for the liberation of Southern France, began with the landing of a multinational Allied landing force along the Provence coast thus starting the liberation of this part of France, helped by members of the French resistance movement in the region.

On this very day, the world marks the following national independence days:

Indian Independence Day (1948),

Republic of Korea Republic and National Day (1948),

And the National Day of the Republic of Congo (1960).

On this day 77 years ago in Liberty Field, Fort Benning, Georgia, just as the flames of war were striking the western half of the European continent, a test airborne platoon made one final jump and therefore, with their qualification achieved, these pioneer paratroopers jump started the formation of the airborne troops of the United States Army which will have their baptism of fire later on in this great conflict.

And so today, the 15th day of August, with great joy and thanksgiving in our hearts we mark together as one people the 72nd year anniversary since the Japanese Imperial Rescript on Unconditional Surrender, the official end of all combat actions in the Pacific and China-Burma-India Theaters of Operations of the Second World War and the end of the 5 year war that has forever changed the face of the world, a war that witnessed the changing evolution of warfare, and have seen times of suffering and joy for all our people.

It was indeed exactly 72 years ago on on this very important day in our history, a day that will always be remembered generation upon generation, on the 15th of August 1945, the great Catholic and Orthodox Christian Feast of the Dormition and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Theotekos and Mother of God, as the clock striked noon Japan Standard Time, with the whole world awaiting the much-anticipated news within days after the US-led atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Soviet declaration of all-out armed conflict against Japan and its allies leading to its offensive in northern parts of the Korean Peninsula and Manchuria, NHK Public Radio played the pre-recorded message of no less than HIM Emperor Hirohito made just days earlier at the Imperial Palace complex in Tokyo officially informing the government and people of Japan  and the world that with deep sorrow at the deaths of so many men, women and children and the destruction of infrastructure, rural areas and industries within either Japanese held or liberated territories from as far west as Eastern China to Myanmar and eastern parts of India towards the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies, Papua and Micronesia and as far north as Manchuria, in a span of 3 years, 9 months and 8 days of warfare that changed forever these parts of the world (plus another 4 when counting from the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937) the Japanese Empire officially has informed the Allied military and politicial leadership that in light of recent events it will bear the consequences as it submits to and thus accepts the “unbearable” and “unendurable” provisions of national unconditional surrender of her Imperial government and the armed forces as stated in the Postdam Declaration made by the Allied national heads of state and military leaders that April, within weeks before the official end of the war in Europe and the victory won against Nazi Germany in the 8th and 9th of May and therefore offically giving the order for the Imperial Army and Navy, together with their respective air services, many of their  subordinate  and serving personnel of all ranks, including officers, having been the ones that the Allies would later find responsible for countless murders and acts of violence and injustice committed in their areas of responsibility during these 7 years of war in the Asia-Pacific, to end all hostilities and combat actions within the jurisdiction of the Pacific and China-Burma-India Theaters of Operations. Upon hearing this announcement mixed emotions filled the hearts and minds of the Japanese people, Korea rejoiced at the end of 4 decades of Japanese administration that caused a lot of suffering among its people, and the people of Vietnam, motivated by the Viet Minh and anti-Japanese sympathizers, began to storm government offices all over Vietnam to wrest control from both Japan and France and begin the groundwork in which national independence will be achieved.
 

As the Imperial Rescript officially marked the beginning of the closing of this final chapter of the 5-year war that forever changed the planet and humankind and altered for generations the landscape of this wide world we live in, this annoucement of Japan’s acceptance of unconditional surrender to the victorious Allies on this very day thus was for the people of the world a great news of joy, for at long last the long period of war and ended and the victory won at a high cost of millions of dead and wounded for the Allies against the Axis Powers, their governments, armed forces, and supporters and sympathizers in their respective territories.

For all the peoples of the world especially for those who suffered even more in this war it was a history and great victory won against the forces of international fascism, imperialism, dictatorship and totalialism, a victory that has and will continue to be a part ofour history and an inspiration to our youth and our future generations to honor their memory and to be worthy of all they have fought for during these 5 years.

Today, on this very historic anniversary of the end of hostillities in the Asia-Pacific theaters of the Second World War, the world recalls the millions of Allied military and civilian fallen, they whose blood poured in their sacrifice in the defense of our liberties and our free way of life in many parts of the globe during this long conflict had sown the seeds of a present that is full of the same troubles they have seen, heard and felt during those times, but as we carry in our hearts the memories of so many who died for such a noble cause of standing up not just for the freedoms they fought but for the future of our one and only planet, we will have the courage and bravery just as they had in their time to fight the evils of our world and the blocks towards our future, so that future generations will, by our actions today, remember the very deeds they had committed in these past years of war and the crimes committed against the innocent that must never be forgotten, especially the deaths by the millions during the Nazi Holocaust of Jews, members of other religious communities,  people who sympathized with the resistance movement and anti-Nazi activists and politicians, as well as of Poles and others in Soviet concentration camps and Gulag camps and by exile to  other parts of the USSR of various ethnic communities, as well as the massive Japanese persecution, injustices, murder and violent acts directed at the Chinese and dissident citizens and people of other faiths in the Asia-Pacific.

On this very day of the solemn 72nd year anniversary of the Imperial Rescript on Surrender and the official conclusion of combat activities in the wide  Asia-Pacific region, with our deep respect and gratitude to the millions of men and women who served in the uniformed services and in the partisan resistance movements within the Axis-occupied territories in Europe, northern parts of Africa and the Asia-Pacific, and those who sustained the war effort at home and in the workplace, collectively dubbed “the world’s Greatest Generation”, at the huge cost of millions of military, paramilitary and civil uniformed personnel killed, wounded or taken prisoner, at the cost of ruined economies and agricultural lands, destroyed cultural and historical structures and closed businesses in every theater of the war, as one united people we remember the actions commited by them in these 5 years, 11 months and 32 days of intense battles that changed humankind in sites like Dunkirk, Leningrad, the Brest Fortress, Moscow, Tula, Borodino, Sevastopol, El Alamein, Tobruk, Stalingrad, Kursk, Normandy, Caretan, Paris, Minsk, Monte Cassino, Eindhoven, Rome, Smolensk, Kiev, Kharkiv, Odessa,  Lyon, Bastogne, Warsaw, Bryansk, Anapa, Smolensk, Lviv, Shanghai, Pearl Harbor, the Bataan Peninsula, Corregidor Island, Singapore, Besang Pass, Hong Kong, Wuhan, Midway Island, Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal, the Santa Cruz Islands, Belgrade, Sofia, the Caucasus, Karelia, Cologne, Xiamen, Budapest, Tunis and many more, in the land, air, and sea, from every terrain and in any weather condition, from the mighty Sahara, up to the Normandy beaches, the British skies, the forests of the Low Countries, the mighty Alps and Balkans, the marshes at Pripyat, the Ukrainian steppes to the Arctic and the snowy lands of Scandinavia, towards the jungles of Myanmar and the Malay Peninsula, the Philippines and Indonesia, in the changing terrains and landscapes of China and Korea, and in the Pacific Islands and New Guinea, in both conventional battles and unconventional actions on land, air, and sea by the Allied military forces, in covert actions committed by the Allied intelligence services,  in combat actions and active activties by the pro-Allied partisan forces, and in pro-war relief and morale-boosting labor by the home front civilians and workers in the military and civil industries, all these factors helping to win this historic victory against the  Axis Powers that we celebrate today, first against Nazi Germany, the Italian Social Republic and the Axis governments in Denmark, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, all in the spring of 1945, and today, against the Empire of Japan in the Asia-Pacific, a great victory that indeed deserves to be ceelebrated, remembered and honored all over the world of generations to come. For it is today wherein we recall the victories won by the Allies in all the theaters of the war the high cost paid in their struggle against the political and military might of the Axis Powers, and the ideologies of fascism, imperialism and racism that caused this war in the first place, and most of all, the very ideologies that drove the Allies to defeat them who brought such harm and destruction to this world that we live in.

Out of respect and gratitude for the liberty they fought so hard and even risked to die for it, even as the rising of far-right and far-left aligned groups have become for us a source of anxiety and concern all over the world in these recent times, today, on this the 72nd year anniversary of the announcement of the capitulation of the military forces of the Empire of Japan – the beginning of the end of the final pages of this 5-year long war and of the great victory won in the Pacific against the forces of the Axis Powers – as we always do every year we remember the memories of these millions of men and women who helped bring to its victorious end this great war that saw this world’s destiny changed forever by the millions of our mililtary, paramilitary and civil uniformed personnel of the Allied combatant nations who served during the  war, and the hundreds of thousands of war veterans and partisan veterans who still remain living, as well as our home front veterans of the conflict, and most of all, we cannot forget to honor the millions of the Allied fallen and civilian fatalities of this long conflict that forever changed the world we live in, most especially in all the theaters of operations of this long war.  May we always honor the memory of these men and women who served during those years of combat in every corner of the world who are even in this present time and in a modern way of life are still honored not just by battle honors and monuments but  also in various works and in radio, television, film and digital media, and who today we, the descendants of this heroic and great generation of heroes, and the generations of tomorrow must keep in our minds and hearts, among them the men and women of the intelligence services who helped provide the Allied military leadership  with information on enemy locations and movements, Easy Company of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, formerly 4th Brigade Combat Team and now 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, United States Army, the brave men of the 1st Marine Division’s 1st, 5th and 7th Marine Regiments, and the tankers of the 2nd Armored Division, be forever in our memories and our profound remembrance, not just by their descendants, but by the very people they fought and died for in the fields of battle, the frontlines, the concentration camps and the home front, and by the people and youth of today and our future generations so that we can entrust these stories to them who will carry the eternal flame of remembrance for those who have gone before them.

And most of all today, we think of our remaining living veterans of the Second World War –all those hundreds of thousands who remain of the millions fought as military personnel and paramilitary guerillas in the European, Mediterranean, China-Burma-India and Pacific Theaters of Operations during this long conflict – they who have been dying out because of sickness and old age. They who helped win this victory against the Axis Powers in that momentful year of 1945 deserve all the more our thanks, for it is without their efforts we would have not lived in this present time, thus we the people of the free world must do all we can to ensure that this victory and all the Allied actions of the Second World War leading up to this great day will be forever honored.  As the waves of time come and go, and as the ideologies that started this war come time and again to haunt the memories of our people, as we mark this great anniversary of the conclusion of a long war that will forever define humanity we therefore promise them, their families and friends and to the immediate families and comrades of those who fought with them and survived the war but are no longer with us that we who live today will, for the sake of the future generations who must never let history be repeated once more in their own eyes as long as they live, make our everlasting promise to them  and a comminitment to honor their sacrifices and their role in building a better world and in having helped bring the final defeat of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and the Empire of Japan. And we will do our part and our best ability in defending their immortal legacy to the spirit of freedom all over the world, especially to all our generations to come and to keep forever the places of remembrance of the men and women who fought in this conflict. To our remaining Allied military and partisan veterans, to the veterans of other conflicts and of our men and women and veterans of the military and civil uniformed services and uniformed youth groups (excepting far-left and far-right organziations), we today pledge with our hearts to remember your services to your countries and to honor your legacy of having helped achieve this great victory. And most of all, we promise to honor your fallen comrades and friends in the battlefield, who died fighting their enemies and for the sake of freedom and independence that the Allied Powers risked so much so that we can live in a world of peace, progress, prosperity, development and a clear vision towards our future.

On this very great day of our history and in the history of humanity, this very important day in which we celebrate as one people the 72nd year anniversary of the Japanese Imperial Rescript of Surrender and the end of all combat actions in the China-Burma-India and Pacific Theaters of Operations in the Second World War, and thus prepare ourselves for the 71st anniversary of the conclusion of the Second World War in the Pacifc Theater this September,we greet all of you people of the free world, and most especially to all of you our remaining veterans of this long and great conflict, who helped win this great victory and opened the gates for a better future for all of humanity, as heroes who risked even their lives for the defeat of the military and political might of the Axis Powers!

Today, as we stand with the Polish people in makring 96 years since the Polish victory in the historic Miracle in the Vistula in 1920, we also join the people of Poland in celebrating Armed Forces Day and the anniversary of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw and thus remember the serving men and women in the active and reserve ranks of the Polish Armed Forces and the Second World War Polish veterans who fought in the armed services in the Western and Eastern Fronts, the Home Army and in resistance groups against the Axis Powers and later on the Soviet Union. On this historic anniversary of the victory won against communism in this part of the world, we remember the Poles who fell in battle to defend their homeland from the aggression of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army and the men and women who more than ever today are ready to defend the spirit of Poland at all costs shall never be forgotten, for all through these years the Polish Armed Forces has always stood by the nation it has swore to defend, full of the courage and bravery of their forefathers. As it has defended the heritage and traditions of the Polish people, today it celebrates its long years of standing strong as the military service of the Polish Republic.

Today we also join in the celebration of the national days of India, the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Congo and remember their role not just in the victory we remember today but in the building of a better world for the generations of tomorrow, while anticipating the 72nd year anniversary of the Proclamation of Indonesian Independence with deep respect and gratitude to the Indonesians who let the war end with the rising of one of the greatest of countries in the Asia-Pacific.

In closing these words, as we today mark the 72 years since the start of the final moments of the long Second World War and unconditional surrender of the military forces of the Empire of Japan, as we once more recall the moments that led up to this great victory in which we mark today, and remember with our words and actions this very important day in the history of humankind especially to all who served in this war we today hope that with the legacy bequeathed to us by these men and women who served in this great global conflict and keep these sacred  and memorable days of such a great victory with respect and reverence especially for those who went before us we shall be worthy of what they fought for, for building a world of peace, harmony and progress, a clean environment, and a brighter future for all our children and grandchildren - truly the very future that is truly worth defending and the very future our forefathers fought with their very own lives. With our greatest gratitude may we always and forever treasure in our hearts all those who have gone before us and have entrusted to us the spirit of defending our freedom and liberty in all those years from the beginning of the war up to the great victories in which we honor today, everyday and in the years and decades to come!

And as the men of Easy Company will always say: WE STAND ALONE TOGETHER!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE MLLIONS OF THE FALLEN AND THE HEROES AND VETERANS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE AND THE PACIFIC FROM 1939-1945, WHOSE LEGACY WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN BY ALL THE GENERATIONS TO COME!

ETERNAL GLORY TO ALL THOSE WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR THE FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE OF OUR WORLD AGAINST FASCISM, NAZISM AND IMPERIALISM IN THE FIELDS OF BATTLE, THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS, AND IN THE HOME FRONT!

LONG LIVE THE VICTORIOUS MEN AND WOMEN IN THE SERVICE OF THE ALLIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE, NORTHERN AFRICA AND THE ASIA-PACIFIC!

LONG LIVE ALL THE ALLIED MILITARY VETERANS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR!

LONG LIVE THE INVINCIBLE AND FOREVER VICTORIOUS PEOPLE OF THE FREE WORLD AND ALL OUR SERVING ACTIVE AND RESERVE SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN AND VETERANS OF THE ARMED SERVICES OF ALL THE COMBATANT ALLIED COUNTRIES THAT HELPED WIN THIS GREAT WAR AGAINST FASCISM, NAZISM AND IMPERIALISM, AS WELL AS ALL OUR ACTIVE AND RESERVE SERVICE PERSONNEL, CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES AND VETERANS OF THE POLICE, FIREFIGHTING, FORESTRY, BORDER CONTROL, CUSTOMS AND RESCUE SERVICES AS WELL AS OUR YOUTH OF TODAY AND THE CHILDREN OF OUR TOMORROW WHO WILL CARRY ON THE LEGACY OF ALL THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE THEM, ESPECIALLY TO THE MILLIONS OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO TOOK PART IN THIS GREAT WORLD WAR!

LONG LIVE THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN AND THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA!

LONG LIVE THE 56TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE REPUBLIC OF CONGO!

LONG LIVE THE 97TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE POLISH ARMED FORCES AND THE HISTORY VICTORY OVER THE SOVIET UNION IN THE 1920 BATTLE OF WARSAW!

LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS 69TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA!

LONG LIVE THE 71ST YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE JAPANESE DECLARATION OF SURRENDER AND THE LIBERATION OF KOREA!

LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS 72ND YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN THE PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS AND THE GREAT VICTORY OVER THE FORCES OF THE EMPIRE OF JAPAN AND THE AXIS POWERS!

GLORY TO THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CANADA, THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND AND FRANCE, TOGETHER WITH THE ARMED SERVICES OF THE OTHER VICTORIOUS COMBATANT COUNTRIES OF THE ALLIED POWERS, GUARDIAN DEFENDERS OF OUR DEMOCRATIC WAY OF LIFE, OUR FREEDOM AND OUR LIBERTY AND GUARANTEE OF A FUTURE WORTHY OF OUR GENERATIONS TO COME!

TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO ALL OVER THE WORLD, A HAPPY  72ND  VICTORY OVER JAPAN DAY!

And may I repeat the immortal words of the Polish National Anthem:

Poland has not yet perished, so long as we still live!

Pakistan Zindabad! Hindustan Zindabad! Daehan Minguk Manse!

May God Forever Bless The United States of America!

CURRAHEE! AIR ASSAULT! ARMY STRONG! SEMPER FI! Ooooooooooooooraaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!

 

1200h, August 15, 2017, the 241th year of the United States of America and the 150th of Canada, the 242nd year of the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the 123rd of the International Olympic Committee, the 121st of the Olympic Games, the 76th since the beginning of the Second World War in the Eastern Front and in the Pacific Theater, the 72nd since the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the victories in Europe and the Pacific, the 5th since the attacks on Benghazi, the 12th of Operation Red Wings, the 42nd of the TV program Battle of the Network Stars, the 70th of the United States Department of Defense and the United States Armed Forces and the 50th of the modern Canadian Armed Forces.

Semper Fortis

John Emmanuel Ramos

Makati City, Philippines

Grandson of Philippine Navy veteran PO2 Paterno Cueno, PN (Ret.)

 

(Requiem for a Soldier) (Honor by Hans Zimmer)

(Slavsya from Mikhail Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar)

(Victory Day by Lev Leshenko)

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MESSAGE IN ANTICIPATION OF THE 72ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE IMPERIAL RESCRIPT OF SURRENDER AND THE TERMINATION OF HOSTILITIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC

Ladies and gentlemen, to all the people of the United States of America, to all our remaining living veterans of the Second World War of 1939-1945 and of all conflicts past and present and their families, to our veterans, active servicemen and women, reservists and families of the entire United States Armed Forces, and of all the uniformed military and civil security services of the Allied combatants of this conflict, including from the military and civil uniformed services of Pakistan, India, Poland, the Republic of the Congo, Indonesia and the Republic of Korea, to all the immediate families, relatives, children and grandchildren of the deceased veterans, fallen service personnel and wounded personnel of our military services and civil uniformed security and civil defense services, to all our workers, farmers and intellectuals, to our youth and personnel serving in youth uniformed and cadet organizations and all our athletes, coaches, judges, sports trainers and sports officials, and to all our sports fans, to all our workers of culture, music, traditional arts and the theatrical arts, radio, television, digital media and social media, cinema, heavy and light industry, agriculture, business, tourism and the press, and to all our people of the free world:

As we all prepare for tomorrow’s historic 72nd year anniversary since the historic proclamation of the conclusion of all combat actions and the surrender of the military forces of the Empire of Japan, and as we rejoice in the recent victorious and sucessful 2017 Teen Choice Awards,  as I send to all of you my advance greetings on this holiday today we pay vigil as we await the 15th day of August, a day of glory and victory, a day of remembrance and honor to the millions who perished in the Second World War of 1939-1945 and the millions of uniformed personnel of the armed services of the Allies who fought this world to its victorious conclusion and the defeat of the Axis Powers in all theaters of this global conflict.

For it was on this day in in 1937 the Nationalist Chinese Air Force came victorious in the first aerial battle of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War and of the 2nd World War as a whole after bringing down 6 Imperial Japanese Navy bombers.

It was on this day in in 1941 the Atlantic Charter aiming for preparing for the events after the Second World War, was signed, just paving to way for the later creation of NATO in 1949.

It was on this day in 1945 when the people of Vietnam, urged by the Viet Minh, began to plan for a series of general protest actions and the creation of a national government for the country by beginning to occupy public buildings under Japanese pressure, clearing the way for a national revolution of independence against both Japan and France that would begin in days’ time just as the war was about to close.

It was on this day in 1947 when the independence of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was declared and on this day in 1959 the National Football League was officially founded.

And so today, excatly 72 years ago, as the document of surrender to be read by no less than HIM Emperor Hirohito, as head of state of the Japanese Empire and commander in chief of the Imperial military forces of Japan was now finished ahead of schedule, the people of the world awaited for that proclamation of the Japanese head of state officially ending all combat actions in the Pacific Theater  and therefore announcing that the “unbearable” Postdam Declaration terms of unconditional surrender of the entire country and its military forces the Allies had pledged that very spring at the closing stages of the European theaters of this war will now take effect and that the military forces of the Empire will officially cease all combat operations in their respective areas of responsibility that remained within the Asia-Pacific as a result of the Allied offensives in the years following the historic attack on Pearl Harbor in Honolulu on the 7th day of December in 1941, that very declaration that everyone had been waiting for several months which was to be offically declared to all of Japan and the world on NHK Public Radio on the midday hours of the following day, August 15, 1945 - the great Catholic and Orthodox Christian Feast of the Dormition and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Theotekos and Mother of God, the date of the historic 1920 “Miracle at the Vistula” and Polish Armed Forces Day, the 1st anniversary of Operation Dragoon, marking the Allied landings on southeastern France in 1944, and the future national days of India, the Republic of Korea and the Republic of the Congo - within days from the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Soviet declaration of war over Japan and the advance of Soviet forces towards northern Korea and Manchuria supported by Korean communist insurgents. Effective midday Japan Standard Time on this very historic day, with the publication of this proclamation the end had come for all combat actions in the Pacific and China-Burma-India Theaters of Operations of the Second World War, a war that began in the summer of 1937 with Japanese military forces from Manchuria and directly from Japan and Korea surging towards China and would evolve into a full-blown  worldwide conflict that would for 5 years, 11 months and 32 days, first in Europe and later in the Asia-Pacific region, inflict so heavy damages on so many countries it affected,  had claimed so many lives and wounded on both sides of this war and saw livelihoods and infrastructure heavily damaged and ruined. This historic declaration of the 15th of August was only the beginning of the end of the final chapter of this war, which began earlier that spring when Germany and the Italian Social Republic fell to the hands of the victorious Allies together with the pro-Axis governments in Hungary and the former Czechoslovakia.

Upon the sacrifices made the millions of war dead of the Allied countries and more than billions of civilian lives perished in the years of the war now stands a free and peaceful world built upon the victories made against fascism and totalitarian rule in those 5 years and 32 days that forever changed our planet in land, air and sea battle, covert and counter intelligence operations and partisan actions, sowing the seeds of freedom that today have bore much fruit in the actions of all our military and civil security forces, our working people, our cultural workers, and most of our our youth of the generations of the present and of the future, today, 72 years on, as we reflect on this historic anniversary while remembering with sadness the deaths by the millions during the Nazi Holocaust of Jews, members of other religious communities,  people who sympathized with the resistance movement and anti-Nazi activists and politicians, as well as of Poles and others in Soviet concentration camps and Gulag camps and by exile to  other parts of the USSR of various ethnic communities, as well as the massive Japanese persecution and murder of the Chinese and dissident citizens and people of other faiths in the Asia-Pacific region and the unjust imprisonment of America’s Japanese minority communities, which despite it all would lead to the raising of an all-Japanese infantry regiment within the US Army and the victories of Japanese Americans against their comrades from the homeland who had brought suffering, hardship and death to countlesss others in Asia we recall the great Allied and partisan victories in different terrains and in adverse weather in all the theaters of this wide conflict that has changed the face of the world forever, in a war that saw the changing evolution of our military forces, as well as of the millions of civilian home front workers and laborers who through their assistance to our millions of men and women who served in the military forces of the Allied beligerent nations and fought with distinction during these years and to the Allied governments and governments-in-exile, have helped make this victory happen.

This was a huge victory for the peoples of the world against the forces of international fascism, imperialism, dictatorship and totalialism, a victory that has and will continue to be a part ofour history and an inspiration to our youth and our future generations to honor their memory and to be worthy of all they have fought for.

Today, with our deepest remembrance and honor to all those who have died, the heroes, the deceased veterans and the remaining living veterans of the Second World War in Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Atlantic, and in the Asia Pacific especially those from the major and minor Allied combatant countries starting from the opening shots in China in 1937, up to the formal beginning of the war in Europe in 1939 and in the Pacific in 1941, all the way towards the final victories won against the Axis, first in Europe on May 8 and 9 of that great year, and finally in the Asia-Pacific on the 2nd day of September the same year, which ended this historic war that forever altered our destiny as one people, exactly 72 years on to the day of the statement that officially ended a war that had forever changed our world, with our deep humility and with great pride and honor to all who served and to all who made the ultimate sacrifice, we await the day of the great anniversary of the Imperial Rescript of Surrender officially ending all combat actions in the Pacific Theater of Operations of the Second World War and send our best greetings to the people of the world and most of all to all our remaing living Allied military and partisan veterans who as one form “the world’s Greatest Generation”. Their collective memories which are remember today and in every day of our lives will be forever in our hearts for all generations, for they stood as the defenders of a world that will never accept the teachings of fascism, racism and xenophobia and will always block any chance for evil actions to be a part of our lives. It is they who stood up to the enemies who were threatening not just their way of life but also of so many others and risked their lives to defend the freedom they cherished to give to the generations of today and of the generations to come.

May we hope that the legacy entrusted to the generations of today by these millions of heroes, the fallen and our remaining veterans of this war whom we honor today and tomorrow as we mark this historic anniversary since the full termination of combat actions in the Pacific Theater, and whose stories have been remembered in various works and in radio, television, film and digital media, and who today we and the generations of tomorrow must keep in our minds and hearts, among them the men and women of the intelligence services who helped provide the Allied military leadership  with information on enemy locations and movements, Easy Company of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, formerly 4th Brigade Combat Team and now 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, United States Army, the brave men of the 1st Marine Division’s 1st, 5th and 7th Marine Regiments, and the tankers of the 2nd Armored Division, be forever in our memories and our profound remembrance, not just by their descendants, but by the very people they fought for and by the people and youth of today and our future generations so that we can entrust these stories to them who will carry the eternal flame of remembrance for those who have gone before them, even as the rising of groups from the far-right and far-left sectors of society have become for us a source of anxiety and concern about the cost that this war had brought to the world. As we celebrate this very day with great anicipation, may we remember the sacrifices made for the defense of freedoms and liberties during the years of war that forever changed the very world we live in, all for the sake of fighting the evil forces of fascism in the European continent, North Africa and in the Asia Pacific!

We indeed are in changing times, wherein the very reasons why this war was fought are breaking out into the surface and into our society of today. As the veterans of the Second World War –all those who fought as military personnel and paramilitary guerillas in the European, Mediterranean, China-Burma-India and Pacific Theaters of Operations  - are dying out one after the other, we, all the people of the free world, must do all we can to ensure that this victory and all the Allied actions of the Second World War will be honored and remembered by all of us, especially our future generations, for the memory of this greatest generation who fought this war from the beginning towards its victorious end in May and September 1945 in all its theaters and in the home front for the sake of one goal: to defend not just our liberty and freedom, but also the future of our world and of all of humanity must be renewed, sustained and most of all be given to our future generations and most of all to our children and youth, who must continue celebrating this great holiday with deep respect, reverence, and everlasting gratitude for them who risked their lives for the sake of the freedoms we enjoy in this present time.  With a sincere promise never to see the repeat of the errors of history that caused this war, we therefore promise to them to honor their sacrifices and their role in building a better world and bring forth the defeat of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and the Empire of Japan. And we will do our part and our best ability in defending their immortal legacy to the spirit of freedom all over the world, especially to all our generations to come. To our remaining Allied veterans, to the veterans of other conflicts and of our men and women and veterans of the civil uniformed services, we today pledge with our hearts to remember your services to your countries and to honor your legacy of having helped achieve this great victory. And most of all, we promise to honor your fallen comrades and friends in the battlefield, who died fighting their enemies so that we can live in a world of peace, progress, prosperity, development and a clear vision towards our future.

To all those who served in all the theaters of the 2nd World War, especially to the heroes, martyrs, living and deceased veterans from the victorious Allies and to all those serving today in the military and civil defense services of the Allied combatant nations who 72 years ago helped bring this war to its end and the victory against the Axis Powers, in anticipation not just for this day buit for the upcoming 72nd anniversary of the conclusion of the Second World War in the Pacifc Theater, our dearest greetings and thanks to all of you on this very special day for the memory they have will be for us our treasure for the generations to come, the memory that will forever be a part of a future and a world that is truly worth defending!

In anticipation of the 97th anniversary since the Polish victory in the historic Miracle in the Vistula against the Workers’ and Peasant’ Red Army, we also remember the veterans and all active and reserve servicemen and women of the Polish Armed Forces as they, tomorrow, honor the 97th year since the victory against the Red Army and the forces of communism  by the brave men of the Polish Land Forces in the Battle of Warsaw and Polish Armed Forces Day, for their heartfelt service to the Polish nation and people and for their determination to keep its spirit of freedom alive - a spirit of keeping the defenses of the nation that for a long time have been a part of the Polish national consciousness for centuries. We also remember the countless Koreans, Indians, Pakistanis, Vietnamese and Congolese who worked and sacrificed for the freedom and independence of their homelands and for the progress they have achieved since independence. And in anticipation of the 72nd year anniversary of Indonesian independence on the 17th day of this month, we remember the many Indonesians from various racial and religious backgrounds who under a common banner of national independence, united as one to achieve this great goal.

In conclusion to these words, as we await the 72nd year anniversary since the end of hostillities in the Asia-Pacific and the official notice of the surrender of the military forces of the Empire of Japan, may we today treasure this very important day with respect , reverence and honor to all who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of our freedom and for the victory we honor every day of our lives. And may be always ready and prepared to continue to honor their place in history, to stand worthy of their legacy, and to help win a world for our tomorrow that is peaceful, prosperous, clean and with a bright future for our children and the generations of our tomorrow – a world that is worth defending and worth fighting for!

And as the men of Easy Company will always say: WE STAND ALONE TOGETHER!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE FALLEN AND THE HEROES AND VETERANS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE, NORTH AFRICA AND THE PACIFIC FROM 1939-1945, WHOSE LEGACY WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN BY ALL THE GENERATIONS TO COME!

ETERNAL GLORY TO ALL THOSE WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR THE FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE OF OUR WORLD AGAINST FASCISM, NAZISM AND IMPERIALISM IN THE FIELDS OF BATTLE, THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS, AND IN THE HOME FRONT!

LONG LIVE THE VICTORIOUS MEN AND WOMEN IN THE SERVICE OF THE ALLIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE, NORTHERN AFRICA AND THE ASIA-PACIFIC!

LONG LIVE THE EVER-VICTORIOUS PEOPLE OF THE FREE WORLD AND ALL OUR SERVING ACTIVE AND RESERVE SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN AND VETERANS OF THE ARMED SERVICES OF ALL THE COMBATANT ALLIED COUNTRIES THAT HELPED WIN THIS GREAT WAR AGAINST FASCISM, NAZISM AND IMPERIALISM, AS WELL AS ALL OUR ACTIVE AND RESERVE SERVICE PERSONNEL, CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES AND VETERANS OF THE POLICE, FIREFIGHTING, FORESTRY, BORDER CONTROL, CUSTOMS AND RESCUE SERVICES AS WELL AS OUR YOUTH OF TODAY AND THE CHILDREN OF OUR TOMORROW WHO WILL CARRY ON THE LEGACY OF ALL THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE THEM!

LONG LIVE THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN AND THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA!

LONG LIVE THE 56TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE REPUBLIC OF CONGO!

LONG LIVE THE 97TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE POLISH ARMED FORCES AND THE HISTORY VICTORY OVER THE SOVIET UNION IN THE 1920 BATTLE OF WARSAW!

LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS 69TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA!

LONG LIVE THE 72ST YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE JAPANESE DECLARATION OF SURRENDER AND THE LIBERATION OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA FROM JAPANESE COLONALISM AND AGGRESSION!

LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS 72ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN THE PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS AND THE GREAT VICTORY OVER THE FORCES OF THE EMPIRE OF JAPAN AND THE AXIS POWERS!

TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO ALL OVER THE WORLD, A HAPPY  72ND  VICTORY OVER JAPAN DAY!

And may I repeat the immortal words of the Polish National Anthem:

Poland has not yet perished, so long as we still live!

Pakistan Zindabad! Hindustan Zindabad! Daehan Minguk Manse!

May God Forever Bless The United States of America!

CURRAHEE! AIR ASSAULT! ARMY STRONG! SEMPER FI! Ooooooooooooooraaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!

1200h, August 14, 2017, the 241th year of the United States of America and the 150th of Canada, the 242nd year of the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the 123rd of the International Olympic Committee, the 121st of the Olympic Games, the 76th since the beginning of the Second World War in the Eastern Front and in the Pacific Theater, the 72nd since the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the victories in Europe and the Pacific, the 5th since the attacks on Benghazi, the 12th of Operation Red Wings, the 42nd of the TV program Battle of the Network Stars, the 70th of the United States Department of Defense and the United States Armed Forces and the 50th of the modern Canadian Armed Forces.

Semper Fortis

John Emmanuel Ramos

Makati City, Philippines

Grandson of Philippine Navy veteran PO2 Paterno Cueno, PN (Ret.)

(Requiem for a Soldier) (Honor by Hans Zimmer)

(Slavsya from Mikhail Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar)

(Victory Day by Lev Leshenko)

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MESSAGE IN HONOR OF THE 71ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE VICTORY IN THE BATTLE OF IWO JIMA

Ladies and gentlemen, to all the people of the United States of America, to all our living veterans of the Second World War of 1939-1945 and of all conflicts past and present and their families, to our veterans, active servicemen and women and reservists of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and of the entire United States Armed Forces, to all the immediate families, relatives, children and grandchildren of the deceased veterans, fallen service personnel and wounded personnel of our military services and civil uniformed security and civil defense services, to all our workers, farmers and intellectuals, to our youth and personnel serving in youth uniformed and cadet organizations and all our athletes, coaches, judges, sports trainers and sports officials, and to all our sports fans, to all our workers of culture, music, traditional arts and the theatrical arts, radio, television, digital media and social media, cinema, heavy and light industry, agriculture, business, tourism and the press, and to all our people of the free world:

Today, the whole world remembers among others the very anniversary of the fallen of the struggle of the independence of Mali and the beginning of the Bangladesh Liberation War as a result of the violence of Pakistani military personnel against the Bengal people in 1971, as well as the tragic 2010 sinking of the ROKS Cheonan.

And so today, with deep joy and heartfelt thanksgiving and gratitude, as one united people, together with the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, especially of the United States Marine Corps, we on this very day of joy celebrate with all of you the 72nd year anniversary of the victorious conclusion of the historic in the Battle of Iwo Jima, which ended on thus very day, March 26, 1945, as a historic Allied victory won against the Japanese in this part of the Pacific Theater of Operations. With a grand total of 6,821 US servicemen killed in action, more than 19,000 wounded and one escort carrier destroyed against the more than 18,800 Japanese deaths the US Marine Corps, Navy and Army Air Forces inflicted, leaving 3,000 Japanese in hiding and 216 taken as POWs, a high cost was paid in this great victory by the forces of the 5th Amphibious Corps led by General Holland Smith, made up of the combined Marine forces from the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions, within a month and 8 days since the beginning of the battle, 33 days since the raising of the national flag and 10 days after its secure status was declared.

As we remember the memory of the 6,821 who perished in the sands of this island for the freedom and independence of the American nation against the Axis in this part of the globe during the 37 day long battle, including the 14 Marines who would be given posthumously the highest medal of the United States Armed Forces for acts of heroism, the Medal of Honor, and no less than Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone, who for his sacrifice on that island earned him the Navy Cross, plus 3 of the 6 who raised the second flag on that island on the 23rd of February, a great moment for the Marine Corps that will forever be a great part in the 241 year history of the United States of America, we remember them on this day and everyday for their heroic sacrifice for the future generations of the world. Indeed the United States Marine Corps had a great role in the victory that we, with deep respect and profound thanksgiving and gratitude, remember on this day. Throughout the 37 days of this battle once more in its history did the USMC show itself to the world as the defender of American values, culture and heritage and of the common values of all the people of the free world, indeed it was so much a cost did the Corps, together with the Navy and the Coast Guard, win this historic battle.

Indeed “Uncommon valor was a common virtue”, said the great Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, when he was asked to describe the bravery and courage of the hundred thousand Marines of V Amphibious Corps who served there in this, one of the bloodiest battles that the United States Marine Corps faced in the Second World War in the Pacific Theater of Operations and one of the biggest victories of the Allies in this part of the world, alongside the men of the United States Navy, the United States Coast Guard and the United States Air Force (then the Army Air Forces, this year the USAF will be marking its 70th founding anniversary as a branch of our glorious Armed Forces). His words are forever recorded in the Arlington National Cemetery’s Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, the very monument made on the basis of the historic photograph of the Iwo Jima flag raising that today, after 63 years since its historic inauguration, proudly stands over the Arlington fields and the graves of so many Marines over the centuries who even at the cost of their lives, served faithfully always to their country and people, and honoring the 242 years of long and faithful service of the United States Marine to the people and government of the United States of America and to all the people of the free world. In these changing times of our world, by recalling the victory won 72 years ago today in Iwo Jima against the military might of the Empire of Japan, we remember the heroic actions done during the days of the Iwo Jima Campaign and most especially the six thousand US military personnel who died in that island for the sake of the freedoms we cherish today and in the generations to come.

Today, March 26, 2017, with all our profound gratitude, humble respect and our deepest thanks not just to those who died but also to those who survived and our remaining veterans of this great battle, as the whole world remembers and celebrates this very moment in our history and most of all in the history of the glorious United States Armed Forces, we, as one united people, in remembrance of all the fallen and with profound thoughts of all who serve today in the armed forces and in our uniformed security and civil defense services, mark this the seventy-second year anniversary of the historic victory won by the United States Armed Forces against the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy in the Battle of Iwo Jima – a great prelude to the final victory won against the Axis Powers later in the year. For this very immortal battle, one of many Allied victories in the Pacific Theater of Operations and one of the greatest military victories of the United States Armed Forces in this part of the world during the Second World War, shall be remembered as the one very battle that showed the world the bravery, courage and determination of the United States Marine for the defense of the American nation and all the free people of the world, and for the preservation of the values of freedom and liberty on which the United States was formed, thanks in part of the courage and gallantry shown by the US Marines in the early years of the nation that it helped to build thanks to the efforts of the Second Continental Congress 242 years past. Today, as we remember this great victory, may we remember as one united people the thousands of Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen who made their stand in the sandy Iwo Jima beaches for the sake of the defense of the freedom and independence of the United States of America and for the greater future of our free world. It is with the sacrifices of all who fought in this historic battle that we indeed live today in the freedoms in which they fought in the sands of Iwo Jima 72 years ago, as well as in other wars before and since until today in various parts of the world, for we truly live in a free world and for a future truly worth defending and worth fighting for!

As we think of all our remaining living veterans of this battle and of all remaining living veterans of our greatest generation who fought in the Second World War, we today honor their service by living our lives worthy of all who fought for the United States and for the freedoms of all the people of the world most especially of those who died in the fields of battle. Our future generations must never forget to remember that it is for our liberty and freedom, but also the future of our world and of all of humankind that they , the millions men and women who fought in the Second World War in the Allied combatant countries, will be remembered generation after generation and in the hearts of so many people all over the world!

In conclusion, as we together march forward towards the upcoming seventy-second year anniversary of the victorious conclusion of the Second World War, may the eternal memory of the six thousand military personnel who died in this great battle be remembered for all time not just by the people of today, but all the more by our generations of tomorrow!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE FALLEN OF THE LONG FIGHT FOR FREEDOM OF THE PEOPLES OF MALI AND BANGLADESH!!

LONG LIVE THE 45TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF BANGLADESHI INDEPENDENCE!

ETERNAL GLORY AND MEMORY TO THE HEROES, MARTYRS AND VETERANS OF THE GREAT BATTLE OF IWO JIMA, ONE OF THE GREATEST BATTLES EVER FOUGHT BY THE MEN OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE MEMORY OF ALL THE VETERANS, ALLIED HEROES AND FALLEN OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN THE PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS!

LONG LIVE THE 72ND YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE HISTORIC AND VICTORIOUS CONCLUSION OF THE BATTLE OF IWO JIMA AND THE GREAT VICTORY WON BY THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, NAVY AND COAST GUARD AGAINST THE MILITARY POWER OF THE EMPIRE OF JAPAN!

LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS, INVINCIBLE AND LEGENDARY UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, ALWAYS FAITHFUL TILL THE END FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND OF THE FREE WORLD!

GLORY TO THE VICTORIOUS PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER UNIFORMED SERVICES!

AND FINALLY, GLORY TO THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, DEFENDERS OF OUR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY AND GUARANTEE OF A FUTURE WORTHY OF OUR GENERATIONS TO COME!



Semper Fidelis! Oorah!



1500h, March 26, 2017, the 241st year of the United States of America, the 242nd year of the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the 123rd of the International Olympic Committee, the 121st of the Olympic Games, the 76th since the beginning of the Second World War in the Eastern Front and in the Pacific Theater, the 72nd since the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the victories in Europe and the Pacific, the 5th since the attacks on Benghazi, the 12th of Operation Red Wings, and the 70th of the United States Armed Forces.



Semper Fortis



John Emmanuel Ramos

Makati City, Philippines

Grandson of Philippine Navy veteran PO2 Paterno Cueno, PN (Ret.)

(Honor by Hans Zimmer) (Platoon Swims) (Rendering Honors)

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MESSAGE IN HONOR OF THE 72ND YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE RAISING OF THE NATIONAL FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ATOP THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT SURIBACHI IN IWO JIMA

Ladies and gentlemen, to all the people of the United States of America, to all our living veterans of the Second World War of 1939-1945 and of all conflicts past and present and their families, to our veterans, active servicemen and women and reservists of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and of the entire United States Armed Forces, to all the immediate families, relatives, children and grandchildren of the deceased veterans, fallen service personnel and wounded personnel of our military services and civil uniformed security and civil defense services, to all our workers, farmers and intellectuals, to our youth and personnel serving in youth uniformed and cadet organizations and all our athletes, coaches, judges, sports trainers and sports officials, and to all our sports fans, to all our workers of culture, music, traditional arts and the theatrical arts, radio, television, digital media and social media, cinema, heavy and light industry, agriculture, business, tourism and the press, and to all our people of the free world:

Today, the whole world remembers among others the arrival in 1778 of the great Prussian general Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben to the Continental Army quarters in Valley Forge, the beginning of the historic siege of The Alamo in 1836, and the anniversary of the 1847 Battle of Buena Vista, the 1905 formation of the Rotary Club, the beginning of the February Revolution and the formation of the Federal Communications Commission in 1917, the Miracle on Ice of 1980 and the attempted coup by several officers of the Spanish Civil Guard in the Cortes in 1981.

Today we join in the celebrations of the forty-seventh anniversary since the declaration of the Republic of Guayana in 1970 and the thirty-third year anniversary of the independence of Brunei Darussalam in 1984, as well as the 3rd year anniversary of the closing of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games and the victory of the Ukrainian Euromaidan Revolution of 2014
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On this day in 1918, within days of the passing of a decree in the Council of People’s Commissars officially declaring the formation of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army and the start of a mass national service draft nationwide, hundreds of thousands of men especially from the industrial sectors that helped win the October Revolution continued pouring into recruiting stations for a fourth straight day to apply for their national service obligation as soldiers of the WPRA in the midst of the threats of all out civil war, from 1919 onward this day is celebrated as Fatherland Defenders Day all across the former Soviet Union save for the Baltics, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, in memory today of all men and women who served their country in the military services.

On this day in 1945 the Red Army and the Polish Armed Forces in the East ended the Nazi occupation of Poznan, the Philippine capital city of Manila was liberated from the Japanese despite its wartime damages and at the cost of so many lives, the Los Banos internment camp in the namesake town in Laguna Province was found and its POWs then liberated by a joint force of Filipino guerillas and American soldiers from the US Army’s 11th Airborne Division, and the RAF Bomber Command destroyed Pforzheim from the air.

And so today, in these changing times, as we await with joyful anticipation the announcement of the winners of the 2017 Academy Awards and for the beginning of the United States NASCAR season for this year, we celebrate as one united people the anniversary of an historic event in the 242 years of the United States Marine Corps and in the 241 year history of this great country, the United States of America: the seventy-second anniversary of the raising of the national flag on the peak of Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima. What we are celebrating today is now in the clear light of the recent revelation of the United States Marine Corps which was made public on June 23 this past year thanks to efforts made by historians and history experts and resource persons concerned, ending years of speculation and mystery surrounding the events of this this battle that is, for all generations, part of the history of not just the Corps, but of the United States Armed Forces, which this year marks 70 years since their modern formation with the foundation of the United States Department of Defense.

It can be recalled that four days ago, after months of long preparation, on Februrary 19, 1945, the Battle of Iwo Jima began when the Marines of V Amphibious Corps under the command of General Holland Smith and composed of the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions, United States Marine Corps, landed on Iwo Jima’s sandy beaches and so began what would be without a doubt one of the bloodiest and biggest battles fought in the Pacific Theater of Operations, the very battle that will forever change the face of the USMC for generations to come. Wave after wave of Marines from that corps, supported by naval gunfire and air attacks, began to pound the Japanese forces garrisoned in the island, as well as in the Japanese airfield built some years ago in the southeast of the island. Within an hour after the beginning of this historic campaign, at around 1000h, the Marines began to advance on the Japanese airfield. And just as the 1st Battalion of the 27th Marine Regiment led by their battalion CO LTCOL John Butler and battalion XO Major Justin Duryea approached the Japanese defenses south of the airfield runway, the battalion witnessed what happened next: the final and ultimate sacrifice of one of the greatest Allied heroes of the Second World War and of the United States Marine Corps, no less than Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone, who was by then assigned as a machine gunner with Charlie Company under the battalion. It has been a century since he was born in Raritan in New Jersey, within miles from New York City and its bright lights and skyscrapers, but his calling was in our armed forces, and thus in the mid-1930s that young Italian American man first served in the United States Army while being deployed to the Philippines with the 36th Infantry Regiment in Fort McKinley near Manila, and in 1940 joined the ranks of the 7th Marine Regiment, First Marine Division, and thus in this historic unit as a machine gunner with Charlie Company of its 1st Battalion had already been fighting for his country during the actions of the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942-43 especially during the Japanese attempts to attack Marine positions near Henderson Field in late October 1942 – the diamond jubillee anniversary of this historic event we will mark as one united people this coming October - therefore earning him for the actions he committed that helped stop the Japanese the highest medal for bravery in the United States Armed Forces, the Congressional Medal of Honor, and within months of his return to the Corps after joining the 1943 War Bonds Tour, being assigned to this historic unit of the 5th Marine Division stationed in Oceanside, California , because of being a target of Japanese mortar fire on his position, gave his life for the defense of his country the United States of America, and for the liberation of all the peoples of the Asia-Pacific from years of suffering and hardship under the iron hands of the Empire of Japan, its government and armed services, in front of his two fellow Marines, machine gunner Private First Class Charles “Chuck” Tatum and Private First Class Steve Evanson from Baker Company 1/27, and as a result of his sacrifice and the American capture of the air base would reward him with a posthumous award of the Navy Cross –his posthumous award would mark the very first time ever that an enlisted serviceman and non-commissioned officer of the United States Marine Corps had in the process had received two of the highest United States Armed Forces medals for bravery and courage under fire in the service of the people of the United States of America and in the wartime defense of the American people and of the the nation he swore to serve at the cost of his very own life. Today, we remember him and the hundreds of Marines, sailors and Coast Guardsmen, both living and dead, who were awarded state orders, medals and decorations of the armed forces and government of the United States for their actions in this great chapter of our history. (This scene was reenacted in episode 8 of the 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific, which premiered in March of 2010, with the roles of the men being played by Jon Seda, Ben Esler and Dwight Braswell.)

And on this day, 72 years ago, 4 days after the beginning of the battle that will forever define the history of the USMC, came the day that will forever be a part of the history of the Corps, the armed forces, and the entire United States of America, a day that will be a memorable part of the victorious Iwo Jima campaign. For it was on this very historic day that an historic instruction was given on this very day by the then Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal who had by then arrived at the island to check on the process of the battle and the military campaign for the liberation of Iwo Jima. He had informed GEN Smith when he approached him that his corps, upon the capture of top of Mount Suribachi by its units, would shoulder the task of hoisting on the summit the national flag of the United States of America to ensure to the American people, the Allied military forces and all the people of the free world that a “United States Marine Corps lasting for the next 500 years” will be the defender of the American nation it helped to build and the free world it has always pledged to defend and protect at all costs, helping propel the Allies to the final victory over the Axis in this part of the world, and thus, at 10:20am that very morning, upon receiving this historic decision, gave the historic order to the 2nd Battalion, 28th Marine Regiment of the 5th Marine Division, with Lieutenant Colonel Chandler Johnson as its commanding officer, after telling him that that Mount Suribachi had already fell to US hands and the USMC would commence follow up operations to stop Japanese resistance in the mountain areas where the Japanese had bulit makeshift bunkers and tunnels. The battalion commander, faced with the heavy responsibility of performing this historic great responsibility not just for his battalion, but for his regiment, division, the Corps, the armed forces and his country, assigned Easy Company 1/27 as the unit to do so, commanded by its company commanding officer, Captain Dave Severance. The company was tasked to lead this historic undertaking spearheaded by its 3rd Platoon under its new commander and company executive officer 1Lt Harold G. Schrier (who took over command of the platoon as its past commander was pulled out due to wounds sustained in the battle). His orders were to deploy a 40-man platoon formation to secure the recently captured summit of Mount Suribachi, in addition they would be the one unit responsible for raising the national colors on it as what Secretary Forrestal had recommended. Later on, the battalion command assigned the then battalion adjutant 1LT George G. Wells to handle the task of finding the needed national flag (in other versions it was LTCOL Johnson who himself shouldered the process) and then he went to the beaches to find the battalion LST, the USS Missoula, and arrived aboard to see if its flag will take the role as the icing on the cake. After receiving permission from its commander, the flag was obtained and Lieutenant Wells, holding the flag, then went to the CP handing it over to LTCOL Johnson, who then handed over to him an old ex-Japanese water pipe as the pole, and then gave both to Lieutenant Schrier and his platoon, ready to be raised atop the summit. Later in the morning, the 40-man team from 3rd Platoon, Easy Company, joined by Marine combat photographer SSGT Louis R. Lowery from Leatherneck Magazine, secured Mount Suribachi’s peak. And then with the flag and the pipe ready, the first national flag was hoisted, which was done by Schrier together with SSGT Henry “Hank” Hansen, assisted by PHM2C James Bradley, PSGT Ernest I. Thomas Jr., CPLs Charles Lindberg and Harold Schultz, PFCs James Robertson and Raymond Jacobs and PVT Phil Ward, all of Easy Company, in the presence of Secretary Forrestal and to the cheers of the sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, with Lowery providing the iconic photograph for that event and the rest of the 40-man team performing mopping up operations against any Japanese attempt to sabotage it from the slopes. (That very flag raising itself would cost Schrier his Navy Cross, together with his later awarded Silver Star for his actions later in the campaign.) Surprised by the outcome of the event, Secretary Forrestal then approached LTCOL Johnson with permission to hand over the flag and then display it in the Pentagon in the secretary’s office desk. The offer to hand the flag over to the Navy Department was rejected, since the battalion had owned the flag which had been hoisted earlier.

Later, at around 1100h that same morning, with the top of Suribachi safe LTCOL Johnson gave order to several Easy Company, 2/28 Marines to lay the telegraph lines on the mountain and to get the needed walkie-talkies for the battalion CP on its foothills. These Marines who complied – all of them from the same platoon from Easy Company - were SGT Michael Strank, CPL Harlon Block, and PFCs Ira Hayes and Franklin Sousley, who installed the lines, and PFC Rene Gagnon, who obtained the necessary walkie-talkies and brought them to the battalion staff. It had then dawned on Johnson that given the circumstances a personnel from the battalion told him that should the Secretary of the Navy’s orders be complied, the flag that would be hoisted must be a little more bigger and larger, thus the flag that had been raised earlier must be replaced. With that in mind, the battalion gave the order that a larger Stars and Stripes substitute the one that had been already raised earlier by the 40-man team if found at once. Shouldering the process, according to the official USMC records, was no less than the then battalion assistant commander of operations, 1LT Alfred Turtle, who on receiving the request hurried to the beaches. After looking and asking from ship’s crews for a larger flag, he then went aboard the US Navy ship LST 779 and later on obtained the flag on that amphibious vessel (it was from a supply post stationed in the then Navy Station Pearl Harbor, today Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam, where it was assigned during that time) after the consent of the ship’s commanding officer was sought to obtain it. The color now in his posession, the lieutenant ran to the shore and upon reaching the battalion CP, where Gagnon was, informed LTCOL Johnson that the mission was a success, and hand him the flag, which Gagnon later received with the order to hoist it. But according to a 2004 discovery made by the Historian’s Office of the US Coast Guard, reinforced by a 1991 New York Times interview by 2LT Wells, Gagnon himself was given the flag replacement order, leaving at once to find it. Minutes of inquries then led him to the LST USS Duval County, where he later boarded, and he later found the larger national standard that the ship had and the said flag – hand woven by civilian worker Mabel Sauvageau from the Mare Island Naval Shipyard – was given to him by USCG Quartermaster Robert Resnick after the corresponding permission had been granted by his commanding officer LT Frank Molenda for the flag to be obtained. With the flag now in his hands Gagnon then hurried off with Turner and Wells to the battalion CP, later informing his commander that the flag he had been given was the larger replacement one the battalion command had ordered. With the mission completed, Gagnon went off with the flag and the longer Japanese water pipe that the lieutenant colonel had given him.

Before noon, another 40 man platoon from Easy Company 1/27 had been deployed to Mount Suribachi’s peak, with Bradley and a few other corpsmen, detecting no Japanese soldiers at the top as a bombing operation had been ongoing against enemy positions and bunkers. That platoon had photographers Joe Rosenthal and Bob Campbell and cameraman Bill Genaust (the latter two Marine combat photographers) with them climbing the mountain with Hayes, Sousley, Strank, Schultz, Gagnon and Block, which carried both the larger flag and the water pipe, with the platoon guarding the formation as the 6 Marines climbed the mountain. It was almost midday, and with the flag and the pole now ready and the cameras ready to roll, the 6-man Marine squad hoisted the second, more longer national flag of the United States of America at the summit of Mount Suribachi to more louder cheers and the sound of ship horns sounding in celebration, with with Rosenthal taking the picture and Genaust the film of this important moment that would become in due time become part of the 242 year long history of the United States Marine Corps, the 70 year history of the United States Armed Forces and of the 241 year history of the entire United States of America. (This historic event in the history of the Corps was recreated with great detail in the 2006 film Flags of Our Fathers with Adam Beach, John Michael Cross, Barry Pepper, Ryan Philippe, Jesse Bradford and Benjamin Walker playing the flagbearers, and the late Paul Walker, Tom McCarthy and Alessandro Mastrobuono playing the men who raised the first flag, plus Jamie Bell, Neal McDonough and Robert Patrick, and the film Letters from Iwo Jima, made that same year, tells of the heroic Japanese defense of the island that took many Japanese lives in the process as against so many US Marines of V Amphibious Corps that had died and injured.) When the victory was declared later on March 26 – within a month and few days from this historic act - only Tatum, Bradley, Schultz, Gagnon and Hayes were among the hundreds of Marines from their divisions who went back to their country as veterans of the war and as victors to the very people they swore to defend at the cost of their very own lives. Many Marines of all ranks had indeed shed their blood in the defense of the homeland and people during this battle, together with few from the Navy and Coast Guard, during the course of this battle that changed this very service branch of the United States Armed Forces.

As the great FADM Chester Nimitz had put it in his words, “Uncommon valor was a common virtue” among the hundred thousand Marines of V Amphibious Corps who served there in this, one of the bloodiest battles that the United States Marine Corps faced in the Second World War in the Pacific Theater of Operations and one of the biggest victories of the Allies in this part of the world, alongside the men of the United States Navy, the United States Coast Guard and the United States Air Force (then the Army Air Forces). For it was during those days indeed where the United States Marine showed to the world, just like in the battles of the past, that at all costs shall he fulfill his mandate and sacred duty as a defender of the hopes, dreams, aspirations, liberties and freedoms not just of all the people of the United States, but of all the people of the world. His words are forever recorded in the Arlington National Cemetery’s Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, the very monument made on the basis of the historic photograph of the Iwo Jima flag raising that today, after 63 years since its historic inauguration, proudly stands over the Arlington fields and the graves of so many Marines over the centuries who even at the cost of their lives, served faithfully always to their country and people, and honoring the 242 years of long and faithful service of the United States Marine to the people and government of the United States of America and to all the people of the free world. In these changing times of our world, by recalling what has happened 72 years ago on this very day wherein our national flag flew proudly over Mount Suribachi, we never forget to remember the heroic actons done during the days of the Iwo Jima Campaign and most especially the thousands who died in that island for the sake of the freedoms we cherish today and in the generations to come.

Today, February 23, 2017, with all our profound gratitude, humble respect and our deepest thanks not just to those who died but also to those who survived and our remaining veterans of this great battle, as the whole world remembers and celebrates this very moment in our history and most of all in the history of the glorious United States Armed Forces, we, as one united people, in remembrance of all the fallen and with profound thoughts of all who serve today in the armed forces and in our uniformed security and civil defense services, mark this the seventy-second year anniversary since the events of this day when these 6 Marines, risking even to lose their very own lives in the defense of their country, made the impossible responsibility of unfurling on the top of this fiery and great mountain with their bare hands the very symbol of our freedom and liberty, the glorious national flag of our great country the United States of America in the peak of Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima, that very flag which this June 14 marks the 240th year anniversary of its sanction by the Second Continental Congress as the national flag, a moment that will be forever a part of our history and patrimony, and a part in the long 242-year history of the United States Marine Corps and the 70 years of the modern United States Armed Forces, truly a sacred and memorable moment of national pride that will be forever be remembered and never forgotten in our hearts for years and decades to come and in the hearts of all the people of the free worl, and most of all of the American people, a memorable moment that will be treasured to our children. For this very immortal battle, one of many Allied victories in the Pacific Theater of Operations and one of the greatest military victories of the United States Armed Forces in this part of the world during the Second World War, shall be remembered as the one very battle that showed the world the bravery, courage and determination of the United States Marine for the defense of the American nation and all the free people of the world, and for the preservation of the values of freedom and liberty on which the United States was formed, thanks in part of the courage and gallantry shown by the US Marines in the early years of the nation that it helped to build thanks to the efforts of the Second Continental Congress 242 years past. May we today and for all our days forever cherish and honor the very day that the flag of independence was proudly raised in Iwo Jima, and truly know all too well that the freedom we have was the reason why America’s Greatest Generation of Heroes fought from 1941 to 1945 in the name of the nation and for the defense of her people and all the peoples of the free world, as part of its commitment as an Allied nation, and to defend the world from those who would do it and humanity great harm and destruction. It is with the sacrifices of all who fought in this historic battle that we indeed live today in the freedoms in which they fought in the sands of Iwo Jima 72 years ago, as well as in other wars before and since until today in various parts of the world, for we truly live in a free world and for a future truly worth defending and worth fighting for!

As we think of all our remaining living veterans of this battle and of all remaining living veterans of our greatest generation who fought in the Second World War, we today honor their service by living our lives worthy of all who fought for the United States and for the freedoms of all the people of the world most especially of those who died in the fields of battle. Our future generations must never forget to remember that it is for our liberty and freedom, but also the future of our world and of all of humankind that they , the millions men and women who fought in the Second World War in the Allied combatant countries, will be remembered generation after generation and in the hearts of so many people all over the world!

In closing, may the eternal memory of these brave 6 Marine flagbearers, who risked their futures and their lives for the sake of our liberty, be remembered all the more by all of us today, everyday and by the generations to come – the very eternal memory of them and of all the millions who fought in the Second World War who will never be forgotten and will be honored for all time, in very age, century upon century, for the peace of our world and for the future of humanity!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE HEROES AND VETERANS OF THE RED AND SOVIET ARMY AND OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS, AS WELL AS OF THE PRESENT DAY ARMED SERVICES OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES!

ETERNAL GLORY TO ALL THOSE IN THE WORKERS’ AND PESANTS’ RED ARMY, NAVY AND AIR FORCES WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY 76 YEARS AGO IN THE START OF THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR!

LONG LIVE THE SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE COUNTRIES THAT COMPOSED THE FORMER SOVIET UNION!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE FALLEN OF THE BATTLE OF MANILA AND THE BOMBING OF PFORZHEIM!

LONG LIVE THE 33RD NATIONAL DAY OF BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, THE 47TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DECLARATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF GUAYANA, AND THE 3RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE CLOSING OF THE SOCHI WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES AND THE VICTORY OF THE EUROMAIDAN REVOLUTION!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE MEMORY OF THE 6 MARINES WHO ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY EXACTLY 72 YEARS AGO ON THIS VERY DAY IN OUR HISTORY, ATOP THE PEAK OF MOUNT SURIBACHI IN IWO JIMA, RISKING EVEN TO SUFFER DEATH BY ENEMY GUNFIRE AND GRENADES, RAISED THE VERY SYMBOL OF FREEDOM AND LIBERTY, OUR GLORIOUS NATIONAL FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

ETERNAL GLORY AND MEMORY TO THE HEROES, MARTYRS AND VETERANS OF THE GREAT BATTLE OF IWO JIMA, ONE OF THE GREATEST BATTLES EVER FOUGHT BY THE MEN OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE MEMORY OF ALL THE VETERANS, ALLIED HEROES AND FALLEN OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN THE PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS!

LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS, INVINCIBLE AND LEGENDARY UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, ALWAYS FAITHFUL TILL THE END FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND OF THE FREE WORLD!

GLORY TO THE VICTORIOUS PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER UNIFORMED SERVICES!

AND FINALLY, GLORY TO THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, DEFENDERS OF OUR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY AND GUARANTEE OF A FUTURE WORTHY OF OUR GENERATIONS TO COME!

Semper Fidelis! Oorah!

2300h, February 23, 2017, the 241st year of the United States of America, the 242nd year of the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the 123rd of the International Olympic Committee, the 121st of the Olympic Games, the 76th since the beginning of the Second World War in the Eastern Front and in the Pacific Theater, the 72nd since the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the victories in Europe and the Pacific, the 5th since the attacks on Benghazi, the 12th of Operation Red Wings, and the 70th of the United States Armed Forces.

Semper Fortis

John Emmanuel Ramos
Makati City, Philippines
Grandson of Philippine Navy veteran PO2 Paterno Cueno, PN (Ret.)

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