“I shall try forever to remember; Sept. 2nd 1945.
“For it was on the 2nd of September; We knew at last our freedom would survive.
“The Japanese who had fought with might and fury; Surrendered to the brave and true Allies,
“They came aboard our battleship Missouri; And signed before our generals’ very eyes.”
I had to memorize that poem in 1953, in the 5th grade. Yet newspapers, TV news and local museums were all shouting how we should celebrate the end of World War II, which happened in mid-August. It did? Then what was the ceremony on board the Missouri about? Nothing? Chopped liver? Never happened? Boy, it sure hurts to be so ignorant of history.
Gil Hogue, Nampa