The Empire of Japan announced their surrender.
Due to the time differences, it was heard in the U.S. on August 14th, which was yesterday.
In commemoration, we had a memorial on the Iowa Friday at 1400 local time.
An old Army vet played the most perfect rendition of "Taps" I've ever heard live, and there wasn't a dry eye to be found.
Let us all remember that day so long ago, and the courage and sacrifice that led us to it.
The USS Iowa Veteran's Association has been aboard all week, and meeting these guys was quite an honor.
I met some who served on her during WWII, and some of the guys who were the very last on her; literally the guys that sailed her into the mothball fleet.
We greeted them all with "Welcome home", and they loved it.
We also learned a tremendous amount from them about how the ship has changed over the years, and the younger guys were an absolute wealth of information about the ship's current configuration.
And we thanked them all for their service.