(Contra Costa Times)
Seventy years ago today, the world took its first breath of peace in almost a decade when Japan formally accepted the peace terms dictated to it by the Allied forces. In doing so, a planned invasion of the Japanese mainland was avoided, and a million men – the number of casualties that were anticipated if the plan were to go through – were saved the horror of dooor-to-door, hand-to-hand combat.
An article in the Contra Costa times (linked here) gives a very poignant story of a dwindling WWII population, and reminds us that we all have an obligation to remember those who served in long ago wars.
God Bless them all.