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Should Rhode Island Change the Name of V-J Day?

Monday is Victory Day in Rhode Island, which honors the sacrifices of soldiers who fought and were lost in World War II. Due to the devastating ending of the war, critics argue the name is insensitive to the Japanese.

 

Monday is a Rhode Island state holiday that marks the anniversary of the end of World War II. Victory Day, also known as Victory over Japan Day or V-J Day, honors the sacrifices soldiers of that war made for the country.

[Johnston town offices for the day.]

V-J Day was a nationally recognized holiday, but it has since been removed because of the nature of the war's ending, following the dropping of the atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.  

Rhode Island retains the holiday in tribute to the number of sailors it lost in the Pacific front.

Rhode Island has a unique connection to the exuberant celebrations that immediately followed President Truman’s announcement to the surrender.

Middletown resident, Eighty-nine-year-old George Mendonsa, then a 22-year-old soldier, kissed a nurse he had never met on the streets of Time Square on August 14, 1945. 

The candid photo captured by Alfred Eisenstaedt became one of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century. Although 11 men and three women claimed to be the people in that photo, Mendonsa officially received credit this summer, when a book came out titled “The Kissing Soldier.”

Peter A. Filippi III August 15, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Long story short, when I read the headline “Should Rhode Island Change the Name of V-J Day” the thought that came to my mind was even if the legislature did the special interests; government labor union loyalists, would still vote the politicians in because of the god on the all mighty buck… I saw this topic as an opportunity to evoke awareness of we are doing to ourselves, our children and our “once great” country…
RS August 15, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Peter, are you kidding me?????? VJ day brought labor Unions to your mond instead of the sacrafice of thousands of Veterans????? Maybe you should go talk to a professional....... you have a one track mind
Peter A. Filippi III August 16, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Hi R.S., it’s too bad you take everything out of context to accommodate your conscience. If elect mayor I would see that during every election candidates would have the opportunity to express their views in a public forum in which folks like you would have the opportunity to expose them. Also, I would develop a data base in which residents would be encouraged to log on that would expose where all the money is going; scary stuff indeed... Why aren’t the council meetings televised? Why aren’t the contracts negotiated in a public forum or readily made known?? R.S., I appreciate your fortitude. Why don’t you join my team and I would promise you that I will keep my personal beliefs to myself and we can work together highlighting where all the money is going as we would examine all the costly provisions and how the pensions are determined etc…? Your friend, Peter A. Filippi III
RS August 16, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Peter, I never said to keep your personal beliefs to yourself. It's your right to express them. I just get sensitive when anything to do with honoring our veterans turns into a political debate. I believe they earned the right to have a day to honor them. There's plenty of time for politicing.
Peter A. Filippi III August 17, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I understand your sentiment but again, when I hear people complain about programs, policy’s and laws that do not serve in the best interests of all the people yet continue to support the same politicians, based on their self interests, it’s indeed an affront to every American who sacrificed their all an all… Any politician who would have the audacity to even consider changing the name should be voted out which isn’t the reality I’m sorry to say…

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