Celebrate V-J Day
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Dear Editor,

August 15 marks a milestone in American history. It's the 75th anniversary of Victory Over Japan Day, also called V-J Day, and the end of World War II, the deadliest war in history.

I was six years old on V-J Day living in Kew Gardens Hills, my home for the past 76 years, and still have vivid memories of that event.

I recall my neighbors hugging each other, crying, cheering and shouting "the war is over." They honked car horns, set off fireworks and literally danced in the

streets.

It was the happiest I ever saw Queens residents, with the possible exception of when the Mets won their first World Series in 1969. The nation's euphoria was captured by a Life Magazine photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square.

Now 75 five years later, we're fighting an invisible enemy that threatens to surpass World War II's death toll.

The U.S. suffered a total of 291,557 combat deaths during the Second World War. COVID-19 has killed more than 161,000 Americans in just seven months, with

no end in sight.

We're a long way from declaring a V-COVID Day, but when that day comes, a sailor won't kiss a nurse in Times Square because that violates social distancing rules.

Sincerely,

Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills

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