DATE: August 28, 2013
Commissioner Tim Ryan presents proclamation to WWII veterans designating Sept. 2 as "V-J" Day in Broward County.
CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe
Public Information Manager
Broward County Commission
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - World War II veterans received a standing ovation at the Broward County Commission meeting on Tuesday as Commissioners officially designated September 2 as “V-J Day” in Broward County. V-J Day, also known as Victory over Japan Day or Victory in the Pacific Day, marked the official end of World War II.
Commissioner Tim Ryan presented a proclamation to WWII veterans who served in the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force. The veterans were accompanied by fellow veterans who fought in the Vietnam war.
“Mr. Richard Klug of Dania Beach came over from England on the D-Day invasion, landed in Omaha Beach and fought on the north end of the Battle of the Bulge,” said Commissioner Ryan.
“Dan Murphy is from Fort Lauderdale and served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theatre. He told me many ships went down during that time due to typhoons,” the Commissioner noted.
“Our third veteran is Ed Dwyer who served in the U.S. Air Force and flew over the Burmese boundary to deliver supplies to our allies in China,” said Ryan.
World War II had an enormous impact on the state of Florida. More than 250,000 Floridians served in the Army, Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard and almost 4,700 lost their lives. An estimated 170 military training bases of various sizes were established in the state, while shipyards at Tampa, Jacksonville, Panama City, and Pensacola turned out Liberty ships and landing craft. Florida farmers helped feed Allied soldiers and civilians.
In his announcement of Japan's surrender on August 14, 1945, President Harry S. Truman said that "the proclamation of V-J Day must wait upon the formal signing of the surrender terms by Japan." The formal surrender agreement was signed on September 2, 1945.