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


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.


Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills

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