Rhode Island Continues To Celebrate 'Victory Day'

Aug 12, 2013

Rhode Island will mark its annual Victory Day holiday Monday. The holiday marking the US victory over Japan in World War 2 is not without some controversy.

Rhode Island remains the only state in America to celebrate Victory Day, which commemorates Japanese surrender during WWII.

Rhode Island has for years been the only state to still celebrate what was once known as Victory Over Japan Day. Thanks to support from veterans and other defenders, the holiday has survived occasional attempts to rename or eliminate it.

One of the local events being held this year will take place at Veterans Memorial Park in Pawtucket. The state director of veterans affairs, Daniel Evangelista, will be among those taking part in a ceremony and wreath-laying.

Victory Day was established in Rhode Island in 1948, three years after the end of World War 2. The historically strong local feelings about the holiday reflect the significant role played by Rhode Island. Newport was home to the Atlantic destroyer fleet, and thousands of Rhode Islanders served in the war.

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