As I have mentioned before, I currently am a Rhode Island resident. It has been an interesting experience living in the smallest state of the union to say the least. My latest discovery—VJ Day!!!
You might ask, what is VJ Day??? It is Victory-Over-Japan Day. Yes, yes, Rhode Island is the one state of the union that still celebrates the drop of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Yes, yes, indeed, Rhode Island celebrates the killing of hundreds of innocent people in Japan. Today, there are no banks open, all governmental offices are closed and public transport is running on a holiday schedule.
Before I get into this, here is a brief timeline that outlines the historic events leading up to V-J Day:
July 26, 1945: Potsdam Declaration is issued. Truman tells Japan, “Surrender or suffer prompt and utter destruction.”
July 29: Japan rejects the Potsdam Declaration.
August 2: Potsdam conference ends.
August 6: An atomic bomb, “Little Boy” is dropped on Hiroshima.
August 8: USSR declares war on Japan.
August 9: Another atomic bomb, “Fat Man” is dropped on Nagasaki.
August 15: Japan surrenders.
One can argue either in favor or against the atomic bomb. I do not plan to get into that argument. Evidently, the drop of both bombs forced Japan to surrender and consequently it stopped the killing of so many young boys in the Pacific Rim. But what about the thousands of innocent Japanese people killed as a result such as women and children. I am sorry, I cannot celebrate that. And for that, I find this holiday sort of appalling. War is atrocious, it should never be celebrated, not even a little bit, not even a lot.