Beth Siegalkoff

Today is the 75th anniversary of National V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day). On this day, we recognize the Allied Forces victory over Japan during World War II. However, officials announced the surrender of Japan to the Allies on Aug. 15, 1945, the official signing of the surrender took place Sept. 2, 1945, officially ending World War II. The formal signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender took place on board the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. At that time, President Truman declared Sept. 2 to be the official V-J Day. Side note – although, over the years many citizens of the United States celebrate Aug. 14 as V-J Day in conjunction with the European observation on Aug. 15.

Fifty to 80 million lives were lost during World War II. These numbers include military and civilian lives. The war was fought on every continent except Antarctica, and consumed entire cities. More than 50 countries took up arms; even those who maintained isolation stances held sympathies for one side or another. Militaries fought on the land and sea and in the air.

Civilians often had front row seats to the devastation. When they didn’t, technology brought reports to them more quickly. Radio broadcasts and war correspondents informed the public with first-hand details.

For six long years, the world endured rationing, victory gardens, evacuation, drills, and an entirely different way of life – an uncertain future.

Six years of sacrifice and horrors preceded this moment. All around the world, celebrations erupted. However, there would be years of reconciliation, discoveries, and coming to terms with the damage done to relations and humanity.

I thank you all for your service – military and civilian alike, who lived through World War II and are here to tell about it. It makes whining about wearing masks and social distancing seem very miniscule in comparison.

On another note, tonight there will be a full moon. It is called a Fall Harvest moon. And speaking of fall, glad to hear some of you have seen wooly bear caterpillars, and crickets too. I wonder, with this weekend’s weather being close to 100 degrees, if the little creepy crawlers aren’t just a bit confused.

However, some of you are done with your spring and have harvested your fruits and vegetables and are already pulling out the spent plants, getting ready to plant winter gardens. And some stores are already selling flower bulbs. I purchased a bag of 50 purple, red, pink, and white tulip bulbs and they are lounging in the outside refrigerator just waiting to be planted. Those have got to be sure signs autumn will be here sooner than later.

The last three-day weekend of 2020 is this weekend. Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. Have a restful three days and get rejuvenated because there are only 114 shopping days until Christmas.

Recipe of the day: Hershey Kisses and Peanut Butter Blossoms; Flower of the Day: Moonflower

Dates to Remember:

Sept. 11 – Patriots Day

Sept. 22 – Autumnal Equinox

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