V-J Day [vee-jay] noun. August 15, 1945, the day on which the Allies announced the surrender of Japanese forces, effectively ending World War II. Victory over Japan Day.
Why have we allowed ourselves to forget these days in our history? I hear over and over that “history repeats itself” and that “we must know our past, presently, to know our future”. So why does our country – our people, our media, our president – want to ignore V-J day, ignore Pearl Harbor, ignore 9/11, ignore the fall of the Berlin wall, ignore Memorial Day (with exception of the BBQ) and so on.
What exactly are we trying to forget?
Are we afraid that the rumors are true? That history does repeat itself? Maybe we’re afraid that we are facing times reminiscent of World Wars, nuclear threats, mass murder, genocide, or true, in your face, real Evil.
Maybe our enemies have a little too much in common with the actions and plans and tactics of Hitler, Stalin, and Hirohito.
So hold yourself accountable. Because no one else is going to remind you – they’re counting on that you’ll forget.