70th Anniversary of the End of World War II


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.