Let us never forget the importance of this day. Please take a second to watch this video and read this story. Lt. Col. Glen Berry was the grandfather of my good friend. Stationed in the Philippines during WWII he survived the Bataan Death March, shark attacks after his POW ship was sunk my Allied forces, and 4 years of imprisonment in a Japanese POW camp. He has since passed, but I attended many of his talks. Each one was a chilling account of unprecedented courage. One story I will always remember is the day the war ended. The Japanese soldiers summoned ten of the highest ranking American prisoners to the prison’s center. Lt. Berry assumed he was to be executed, as was the practice when anyone tried to escape. The Japanese commander, approached the senior American and presented him with the American flag. Saluted him. Then said the Americans had developed a bomb 1000 times stronger than theirs, and the war was over. At that moment, all the allied POWs were freed and assumed control of the prison.
So please, take a moment to remember the sacrifice of those before us.