It’s National V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day). On this day in 1945, news broke around the world that the Imperial Government of Japan would surrender, ending a long grueling world war. In Europe, the date was Aug. 15 due to the time zone difference, but regardless, the celebrations that broke out were no less zealous.

In the United States, President Harry S. Truman announced it in a press conference at the White House later that day. The peace treaty was officially signed on Sept. 2, 1945. A year later, on Aug. 2, President Truman signed a proclamation declaring Aug. 14, 1946, as Victory Day. Please join me in thanking our World II veterans for their service. The United States would definitely be in a mess without them.

Congratulations to the Herald Post Office and Arcohe School. The Post Office has a new walkway and a fresh coat of paint. The soft green paint blends well with the surroundings, and the redwood stain on the walkway is a bit bright but you can see where you are walking and no nails protruding, and that’s a good thing.

Arcohe School’s parking lot was dug out completely. New soil replaces the old, and there are new concrete barriers. It was resurfaced and striped with big white arrows letting all know which way the traffic will now flow.

Both improvements were needed and are greatly appreciated.

High school started on Monday. Did you see our little darlings’ shining faces as they walked to school? No? Of course, you didn’t; their shining faces were buried in their phones!

Seriously, this summer, I watched some students walking to summer school at Liberty Ranch, and they did not break stride or look both directions when crossing Carillion. They relied solely on the fact the cars would stop at the stop signs. Fortunately, the drivers were shaking their heads and watching the students cluelessly crossing the street.

So, keep an eye out on Thursday when elementary school starts; there will be more students walking to school. Let’s hope they are too young to have phones.

Tomorrow there will be a full moon. It is called the Full Sturgeon moon. Named by the Indian tribes of the Great Lakes and other large bodies of water because the moon was so big and bright the large fish were readily caught – works for me. Barbecued sturgeon is one of my favorites. I really enjoy watching a full moon rise. Sometimes it is so bright you can see for miles. There is a certain peace that goes over the land when a full moon shines.

Dates to remember:

Friday, Aug. 23 – First home game for the GHS Warriors and the Opening Ceremony of Warrior Stadium.

Monday, Sept. 2 – Labor Day – No School

Wednesday, Sept. 4 – Herald Community Club meeting, Hendrickson Training Center at 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 8 – Grandparents Day

Wednesday, Sept. 11 – Patriots Day, remembrance of 9-11

Friday, Sept. 20 – Autumnal Equinox

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous, make a memory.