Friday, August 6, 2010

Commemorating, Not Celebrating

August 6, 1945

Thanks for your time.


  1. Unfortunately, here in RI they still "celebrate". Of course, instead of calling it "VJ (Victory Over Japan) Day" now they call it just plain old "Victory Day", because they were starting to get those pesky complaints about racism. And yes, we're the only state that still celebrates the thing. Considering that our most prolific trading partner is Japan, ya gotta wonder what those idiots up in Providence are thinking!

  2. @Roy, was unaware of the R.I. thing 'til told by a vendor from there...hmmm...

    And I still say Truman made the right choice ( this from one who's read the de-classified invasion plans for main-land Japan )

    ...just sayin'...

  3. @Roy: I wasn't aware of RI's modern "Victory Day," either. Wow.

    @Subby: Just for the record, I wasn't trying to second-guess Truman's decision. (Not that you suggested otherwise.) I was only sitting here, 65 years later, commemorating a tragic situation that cost so many innocent lives... like WWII in general did. It's always easier for one to comment on the game from one's seat in the bleachers... for all of us.

  4. Love Tom Lehrer. He and my grandpa worked together on the Manhattan Project, and my grandparents have always been big fans of his funny songs. I particularly love "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park." :-)

  5. How ironic that it was considered an improvement to call a 'device' and 'bomb'. Today we're encouraged to refer to 'terrorists' as 'activists', or 'terrorism' as 'man-caused disasters' :)

  6. Well done without saying a word. I'm not familiar with Tom Lehrer so have to google him. Funny bit.

    Roy's comment is fascinating. RI still celebrates it, eh? Now, I would believe that about AZ...e.g. ZA Celebrates VJ Day But Still Won't Acknowledge MLK Day". hahahahaha!

  7. S.F., as one who's played the "game" I've seen enough! Unfortunately, the game will never end... :(

  8. Ah, Tom Lehrer! One of my favourite people, but favourite song is 'I hold your hand in mine, dear!' Recommend your search it out, if you don't know it already? LOL

  9. I haven't heard much from Randy Newman lately. He was pretty prolific there for awhile...


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