August 14th VJ Day

Today marks the end of World War 2, 1945. Though the world learned of the surrender on August 15th and the surrender papers were signed on September 2, 1945… the Emperor of Japan called the U.S. and surrendered on the 14th of August.

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This came after the controversial bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs. The fact here is, the Japanese people would never have surrendered, they would have fought to the death for their Emperor, it took convincing the Emperor that a continued fight would be futile. Hirihito realized that while his people could fight, they could not beat the atomic bomb.

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The surrender was signed on September 2nd aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, a ship named for Truman’s home state. It is estimated that a million American lives, and untold numbers of Japanese were saved by the utter destruction of two Japanese cities as a warning of what was to come. Loses millions or loses thousands, it seems to me the right choice was made.

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World War 2 was the costliest in world history. Thousands upon thousands of soilders were killed, millions of civilians were killed. Did we learn anything from it? Only time will tell. It seems war is unavoidable, how we handle war is a little easier.

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Those who fight for freedom always pay a high price. At times it seems like the losers of war end up being the biggest winners. Germany was rebuilt and has become an economic powerhouse as has Japan. So on this VJ day (Victory over Japan) we need to think of where the world was, and is, and just how we move forward from here.

How to celebrate – Thank any veteran you see no matter what the war was they fought in. Consider what the world might be like if the atomic bombs had not been dropped. Never forget what has happened to get us where we are today.

August 11th – National Presidential Joke Day

Of all years to appreciate Presidential Joke Day, this is the year! No matter who you support, you have to see the humor in this election. Below are a few Presidents being funny, or at least trying to be funny.

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“If I were two faced-would I be wearing this one? – Abraham Lincoln

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“It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure why take the chance?” – Ronald Reagan

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“Washington D.C. is twelve square miles bordered by reality.” – Andrew Johnson

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“You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.” – Harry Truman

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“The truth will set you free but first it will make you miserable.” – James A Garfield

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“I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of a national emergency – even if I am in a Cabinet meeting.” – Ronald Reagan

Presidential Joke Day started on August 11th, 1984 when Ronald Reagan was doing a sound check for his usual Saturday evening radio address. Testing the microphone he said, “My fellow Americans. I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” The announcement did not go out over the air but it was recorded and later played back. Needless to say, those in Congress did not find it funny but the rest of the world did, proving you do not need a sense of humor to be in government.

This year we the people, will need a sense of humor no matter who we get!

How to celebrate – There are more Presidential jokes and one liners, read them for yourself! Run for President (seems like everybody else is)! Have a party instead of voting a party, that will show them!