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VJ Day

It was seventy-one years ago on August 14 that World War II came to an end. The iconic symbol of the end of the war is the kiss between soldier and nurse in the streets of New York as people spilled into them to celebrate the day! See the statue outside the Midway in San Diego when you come to our Get On Board event.

With only a few hundred thousand World War II veterans alive today, this history will soon be known only from the pages of books. We thank our veterans and armed services members for their service!

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World War II statistics
World War II Significant Dates
  • September 1939: Germany invaded Poland starting the war
  • June 22, 1941: German invaded the Soviet Union, seen as the act that changed the tide of the war
  • December 7, 1941: Attack on Pearl Harbor, launching the US into the war
  • June 4-7, 1942: The US stopped a surprise attack by the Japanese through code breaking, known as the Battle of the Midway.
  • June 6, 1944: D-Day or the Invasion of Normandy marked the beginning of the end
  • December 16, 1944: The Battle of the Bulge, the largest German offensive battle after D-Day
  • January 12, 1945: Large offensive battle started through collaboration of England and the Soviet Union
  • April, 1945: The US and Japan battle it out on the sea at Okinawa with kamikaze air attacks and the deadly IJN Yamato battleship on a suicide mission.
  • May 7, 1945: Germany surrendered
  • June 22, 1945: The battle of Okinawa comes to a close with the US overwhelming the Japanese
  • August 6, 1945: The atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima
  • August 9, 1945: Soviet Union invades Japan and a second atomic bomb is dropped on Nagasaki
  • August 14, 1945: VJ Day
  • September 10, 1945: The U.S.S. Midway was commissioned.
World War II Deaths
  • Over 60 million people were killed as a result of the war.
  • More than 4 million Germans died
  • A staggering estimated 26 million Russians died
  • In the US and Canada combined the number was 500,000
  • And in Japan, 2.5 million, with 150,000 in the final few days of the war alone

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Information and images from:
www.midway.org/files/Education%20History%20for%20Grades%206-8.pdf
www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/v-j-day

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