Observance recalls sacrifices made during war with Japan
Lest future generations forget, VFW Post 8904 Auxiliary and Post members continue to strive to keep alive memories of the sacrifices that men and women who went before have made to ensure freedom for America.
In observance of the end of the United States involvement in the war in the Pacific during World War II, post representatives and others gathered Monday morning on the grounds of the historic Shelby County Courthouse to honor those who sacrified.
While World War II came to an end with the formal surrender of the Japanese on Sept. 2, 1945 aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay and this day has become known as VJ Day, or Victory over Japan Day. Post quartermaster Larry Hume said the observance was held Monday because the post normally does not hold ceremonies on Sundays.
He said Sunday represented the 73rd anniversary of the end of the war with Japan.
Shelby County veteran A.J. Procell recounted highlights of the war which eventually led to victory for American troops.
The program included the reading of names of all Shelby County veterans who lost their lives during the was in the Pacific Theater. Hume said of the 37 county residents who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives, 15 are still considered missing in action, seven are buried overseas, 12 are buried in Shelby County, two are buried elsewhere in Texas and one is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
The program also included the placing of a memorial wreath at the Veterans Memorial in front of the courthouse, while a fire truck from Joaquin sports flags of the military services and a POW/MIA flag. The program concluded with the playing of taps.
The program went on despite a light but steady rain.
“Doing this observance in the rain is nothing compared to the sacrifices our veterans made,” Hume said.
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