Three months later, after two deadly explosions that would result in a scale of destruction and death from two airstrikes that could have not been imagined previously, Japan finally surrendered, saving both Japan and the United States from a far greater number of deaths had an invasion of the mainland islands been needed. The war finally ended and, in a change from what normally followed war, the victor assisted the losing nations, both Germany and Japan, to rebuild into viable economic successes with a matching high quality of life in parliamentary democratic nations that became our friends.
Today, sadly, many of us, including a lot of our younger adults, have no clue of what V-E (Victory in Europe) Day signifies. We don't teach about the events that impacted America's ability to maintain freedom anymore. History today has become something to be tweaked, adjusted and made vanilla so that no one will feel offended in a world of safe rooms and other such nonsense. The problem with that philosophy is that when we invalidate history, we no longer see the examples of what really happened and why. Those stories and events are needed to help us not make the same mistakes over and over again and they play a great part in keeping us ever ready for challenges that may come our way. We will always need an understanding of what happened, not stories from dreamland, so that we can understand what could happen tomorrow. History will repeat itself unless we understand and learn from the past.