Monday, August 9, 2010
Each year on August 9, Rhode Island celebrates "Victory Day." Some call it "V-J Day," which stands for Victory over Japan. The holiday was established in 1946 by President Harry S. Truman to commemorate the dropping of the Nagasaki bomb, effectively forcing the surrender of Japan, and the end of World War II in the Pacific. With Victory already declared in Europe (V-E Day, May 8, 1945), August 9 represents the close of the War.
Sixty-four years later, Japan is an ally, and no other state still recognizes the holiday. Yet in Rhode Island state offices and some businesses are closed.
It's a weird little state.