Surrender of Italy, Germany and Japan, World War II
Part III. Surrender of Japan, pp. -111 ff.
Victory always has its burdens and its responsi- bilities as well as its rejoicing. But we face the future and all its dangers with great confidence and great hope. America can build for itself a future of employment and security. To- gether with the United Nations it can build a world of peace founded on justice and fair dealing and tolerance. As President of the United States I proclaim Sunday, September 2, 1945, to be VJ-day-the day of formal surrender by Japan. It is not yet the day for the formal proclamation of the end of the war or of the cessation of hostilities. But it is a day which we Americans shall always remember as a day of retribution-as we remember that other day, the day of infamy. From this day we move forward. We move to- ward a new era of security at home. With the other United Nations we move toward a new and better world of peace and international good will and coop- eration. God's help has brought us to this day of victory. With His help we will attain that peace and pros- perity for ourselves and all the world in the years ahead. II1 U. $. GOVERN'MENT PRINTING OFFICE: 1940
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