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.
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)
(Last Post) (Taps) (Rendering Honors)