70th Anniversary of the End of World War II

8/14/2015

WHEREAS, on August 14, 1945, the people of the United States received word of the end of World War II, and celebrated the news of their courageous allies victory; and

WHEREAS, men, women, and children of all ages – including the 400,000 who gave their lives and those who supported them on the home front – shared with the United States their example of courage, shared sacrifice, optimism, and service to others, ensuring that future generations were able to live freely; and

WHEREAS, the end of the war marked the national effort that defeated the forces and ended the horrific and inhumane treatment of victims of the Holocaust; and

WHEREAS, the end of the war also marked the beginning of a new era of rebuilding America; and

WHEREAS, in 2010, Congress voted unanimously for a national “Spirit of ‘45 Day” to honor the legacy of service of the men and women of the WWII generation; and

WHEREAS, on August 14, 2015, the Commonwealth of Virginia joins the nation in commemorating the heroes of WWII;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize August 14, 2015, as the 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF WORLD WAR II in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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