Victory over Japan Day is recognized for Japan's surrender to Allied forces, which signified the end of WWII. The official announcement was made on August 14, 1945; however, on September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered to the Allies on board the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay. View the video clips below to learn about this event through archival footage and a commemoration ceremony.
A 1945 “United News” newsreel from the U.S. Office of War Information titled Japan Surrenders shows an overview of Japan at war in the Pacific since 1931 through the celebration of Japan’s surrender and the end of World War II in Times Square. It includes a video clip of President Harry Truman announcing Japan’s message of surrender on August 14, 1945.