VJ Day commemoration this Saturday at Cape Henlopen State Park

LEWES – The 72nd anniversary of Japan’s surrender marking the end of World War II in Pacific will be held this Saturday at Cape Henlopen State Park.

The Sept. 2 ceremony, hosted by Fort Miles Historical Association in partnership with DNREC’s Delaware State Parks, will commemorate VJ Day, when the Japanese surrendered on the U.S. S. Missouri, ending WWII on Sept. 2, 1945.

Visitors check in at the entrance to the Fort Miles bunker.

The ceremony will be held begin at 11 a.m. at the Fort Miles Museum Artillery Park at Cape Henlopen State Park.

The ceremony will honor: the late Horace Knowles, who was stationed at Fort Miles with the 261st Coastal Artillery from 1940-44; Jack Bolin, who was a tireless and hardworking FMHA “Bunker Buster” and the late Robert Saupees, who was present at the surrender ceremony that took place on the battleship U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

The FMHA Museum’s Artillery Park houses an original 16” gun barrel from the U.S.S. Missouri that hovered over the surrender ceremony.

Invited guests and dignitaries include DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin, State Representative Ruth Briggs King, State Representative Steve Smyk, FMHA president Dr. Gary Wray, FMHA Board members and WWII veterans.

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