Montgomery Locals, Aug. 15, 2018
This week marks the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese surrender, bringing World War II to an end. The day was called V.J. Day (Victory in Japan), and is recognized on different days. Japan stated that they would agree to unconditional surrender on August 15, 1945, but with the time difference, it was August 14th here in the United States. The announcement led to boisterous celebrations in Times Square, complete with dancing in the streets and fire crackers. Currently, the United States now marks V.J. Day as September 2nd, when the Japanese signed the document of surrender on the battleship USS Missouri. On August 16th President Truman stated, “This day is a new beginning in the history of freedom on this earth. Our global victory has come from the courage and stamina and spirit of free men and women united in determination to fight. It has come from the massive strength of arms and materials created by peace-loving peoples who knew that unless they won decency in the world would end.
It has come from millions of peaceful citizens all over the world-turned soldiers almost overnight–who showed a ruthless enemy that they were not afraid to fight and to die, and that they knew how to win. It has come with the help of God, Who was with us in the early days of adversity and disaster, and Who has now brought us to this glorious day of triumph.
Let us give thanks to Him, and remember that we have now dedicated ourselves to follow in His ways to a lasting and just peace and to a better world.”
The generation that fought in World War II has been named The Greatest Generation, and it’s a title that is certainly well deserved. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, America wasn’t prepared for a massive war that involved fighting multiple enemies on different continents. But the entire nation pulled together and triumphed over
Japan and the Nazis. Thank God they did. I shudder to think what would’ve happened if they hadn’t.
THOT “This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Happy birthday to Lori Wallis, who will be celebrating her special day on August 17th. Birthday wishes go to Kaitlyn and Bethany Hipple who will mark another year on August 20th.
Please return Hometown Hero Banner orders to Fae Herb by September 6th. Forms are available at Montgomery Weis Market, Montgomery Borough Office, and the Clinton Township Office. This will be the last opportunity to order one until next year.
The Montgomery Lions Club is accepting new members. Please call Roger McRae if you would like to join at 570-971-2825.
Thurs. Aug 16 Barry Rake will be speaking about the history of Montgomery Little League at the Montgomery Area Historical Society’s Third Thursday presentation. Montgomery has the world’s second oldest Little League
charter and former players and coaches are asked to attend and share their memories. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Montgomery Area Public Library. An Open House will follow in the Adam Room. The public is welcome to attend this free event.
Sat. Aug. 18 The Clinton Baptist Church will be hosting a free Community Lunch from 12-2 p.m.