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The Surrender of Japan

Alright folks, this is going to be a long one today, so bear with me; but I felt that today needed a little extra time.

“Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world, and that God will preserve it always.”

These are the words of Arkansas native, five-star General-Douglas Macarthur. A small boy born in Little Rock, Arkansas would become the sixty-five year old leader of American forces in the Pacific Theater. After four years of bloody warfare, Macarthur was finally able to stand on the deck of the USS Missouri and declare that peace had once again come not only to his nation, but also to the world. It was a peace hard-fought, blood-bought, and dearly treasured.

September 2, 2022 marks the 77th anniversary of the surrender of the Japanese empire. Seventy-seven years ago, this event caused huge celebrations in small towns and large cities of America. There was laughing, singing, and crying jubilantly as the nation now looked forward to a time without war. The people of China and the islands of the Pacific rejoiced that their torturers had laid down their arms once and for all. The Allies of New Zealand, England, and Austrailia sang at the thought of finally returning home. Prisoners of War ate their first real meal in years and once again tasted freedom.

After America had dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese government realized that the only way to preserve her government and her people was to surrender to the Allied forces. August 15, 1945 the Japanese government announced to America and her