Ceremony at vets cemetery marks end of WWII

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A ceremony at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo will mark the 65th anniversary of the unofficial surrender of Japan and the end of World War II.

World War II veteran Bucky Walter said the ceremony Saturday evening will include the reading of proclamations, the playing of taps and a fly over.

Walter was training in the Army on Aug. 15, 1945, the day that Japan ceased fighting. He told The Birmingham News he was "happy as heck" when he learned of the end of hostilities.

Japan gave up after the United States dropped nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and after Russian troops launched a major offensive against Japanese forces in Asia.

Japan formally surrended on Sept. 2, 1945.

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