August 15. 2018 10:11PM

Vets Home reads names of its 53 WWII veterans for V-J Day

The residents of the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton participated in a V-J Day ceremony at the Home on Monday. (New Hampshire Veterans Home)

TILTON — Residents of the New Hampshire Veterans Home on Monday commemorated the 73rd anniversary of the announcement of Japan’s surrender, which brought World War II to a close.

The ceremony, which took place at the Home and was conducted by members of the Home’s resident council, included the reading of the names of all 53 of the Home’s World War II veterans, a significant number of whom served in the Pacific at different times during the war. The event also included a playing of President Harry Truman’s announcement of the surrender.

While Sept. 2 is the date sometimes referred to as V-J (Victory over Japan) Day, as that was when the formal surrender documents were signed on the deck of the battleship Missouri, it was the announcement on Aug. 14, 1945, that triggered the giant “War is Over” headlines and worldwide celebrations. Over the years, V-J Day has come to be customarily celebrated on the second Monday in August.