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Ladies and gentlemen, veterans of the Second World War of 1939-1945, immediate families, relatives, children and grandchildren of the deceased veterans and fallen of the Second World War and all the people of the free world, especially to those serving in uniform as part of the uniformed services from all the combatant Allied countries today, 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 of you, today, with great joy and thanksgiving in our hearts we mark today the 71st year anniversary since the Japanese Imperial Rescript on Unconditional Surrender, the official end of all combat actions in the Pacific Theater of Operations of the Second World War and the end of the 5 year war that has forever changed the world we live in.

For it was on this very day 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 72 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 76 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 in this great conflict.

And today, on this very important day in our history, a day that will always be remembered generation upon generation, exactly 71 years ago today, 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 officially informing the government and people of Japan of the acceptance of the “unbearable” and “unendurable” provisions of national unconditional surrender 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, and 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 towards the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies and Papua, in a span of 3 years, 9 months and 8 days of warfare that changed forever this part of the world (plus another 4 when counting from the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937) therefore announcing the full termination of military actions against the Allies by the servicemen of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, many of these who were the ones responsible for countless murders committed in their areas of responsibility from 1937 till 1945. 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.

Whilst marking the end of all combat actions in the Pacifc Theater of Operations of the Second World War, this annoucement of Japan’s acceptance of unconditional surrender to the victorious Allies on this very day marked the close of a war that forever changed this planet and all of humanity.

Today 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.

On this very day of the solemn 71st year anniversary of the Imperial Rescript on Surrender and the official conclusion of combat activities in the Asia-Pacific region, we today remember with deep respect and humility and with great sorrow the millions of lives lost from Western Europe up to the Pacific Islands during these 5 years 11 months and 32 days that the Second World War have brought upon the world we live in, and the countless millions of men and women who served under the colors of the victorious Allies as servicemen and women in the uniformed services, as members of Allied-sponsored resistance organizations and those who sustained the war effort at home and in the workplace. The heroic sacrifice made by these soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, Coast Guardmen and partisans, poured the blood of liberty wherever they fought, in land air and sea engagements, intelligence and espionage activities and partisan actions in the occupied territories and countries of the Axis Powers, and thus upon the work they have done and the battles they fought against the Axis, today we enjoy the freedom and peace they fought for at the cost of their lives, and see a world built upon the ideals these men and women dedicated their lives and careers to stand firm in its defense. We remember today the brave battles fought in Dunkirk, Leningrad, Moscow, Sevastopol, El Alamein, Tobruk, Stalingrad, Kursk, Lenino, Normandy, Minsk, Eindhoven, Rome, Smolensk, Tula, Kiev, Kharkiv, Odessa, Rostov-on-Don, Milan, Lyon, Bastogne, Warsaw, Bryansk, Kronstadt, 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 and countless other battlefields in land, air and sea. We honor the brave sacrfices of the millions who served in the military and civil security forces and guerilla formations. And we also recall the bravery shown by ordinary civilans in the home front efforts to win this great victory which we remember today!

As we remember on this important day the millions of men and women who fought in this global conflict, they who form the greatest generation of heroes the world have ever known who through these years, in the fields of battle, the frontlines, the concentration camps and the home front gave their all to defend our freedom and independence, they, who like the men of Easy Company of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 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’s 66th Armor Regiment are remembered in various forms in print media, television and film, we, the sons and daughters and grandchildren of that generation, together with their relatives and friends and ours too, will in our hearts and minds remember the collective memories of they who risked their lives to fight for us, our liberty and our future. May we honor those who through their service built a world for the generations of today and a great future that is worth defending not just for us but for those who will follow us.

Most of all, as we mark this great anniversary, we think of our remaining living Allied military and resistance veterans of the Second World War – including those of the European, Mediterranean and Pacific Theaters of Operations . As the millions who served fade out slowly one after the other, 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 will be honored and remembered by all of us, especially our future generations, for the memory of all who have fought during this conflict to defend not just our liberty and independence but also the future of our world, will always remain vivid and alive in our hearts for all generations. As the tide of renewed fascist, far-right and far-left actions is rising, coupled with a renewed concern on race, religion, and the evil ideologies that started this conflict in several European countries and within the United States itself, and even in Japan, as we mark this great anniversary of the conclusion of a 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 future generations who must never let history be repeated once more in their own eyes, remember the struggles and sacrifices made in these times of war and what they fought for against the evil plans of the Axis leaders who wanted the death and destruction of countless lives, properties and industries and to deliberately end the liberties of so many people.

To all those who have become part of what is known as the greatest generation of heroes – those millions 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, in anticipation not just for this day buit for the 71st anniversary of the conclusion of the Second World War in the Pacifc Theater this September, our dearest 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, a world in which you all fought with your blood, sweat, tears and hard work. We therefore assure you that what you all fought will never ever be forgotten!

In celebration today of the 96th year anniversary 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. Their courage and determination in keeping the ever present strong will 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. 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 71st 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 conclusion, as we mark with our actions this very important day in the history of humankind, may we carry forth the spirit of these men and women who fought and died during the years of the Second World War and build 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. May we always 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 Europe and the Pacific which we always remember with great appreciation and our ultmost gratitude!

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 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 69TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN AND THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA!

LONG LIVE THE 55TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE REPUBLIC OF CONGO!

LONG LIVE THE 96TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE POLISH ARMED FORCES AND THE HISTORY VICTORY OVER THE SOVIET UNION IN THE 1920 BATTLE OF WARSAW!

LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS 68TH 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 71ST 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 71ST 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, 2016, the 240th year of the United States of America, the 241th year of the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the 122th of the International Olympic Committee, the 120th of the Olympic Games, the 75th since the beginning of the Second World War in the Eastern Front and in the Pacific Theater, the 71st since the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the victories in Europe and the Pacific, the 4th since the attacks on Benghazi, the 11th of Operation Red Wings, and the 69th of the United States 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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