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Town keeps celebration of victory over Japan

August 14th, 2009 . by TexasFred

Town keeps celebration of victory over Japan

MOOSUP, Conn. — At first glance, the parade is like any other in patriotic New England. Red-white-and-blue bunting lines the route. Firetrucks and old military vehicles roll along. Fife and drum corps, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, war veterans and pageant winners wave and throw candy along the way.

But the annual parade through this tiny Connecticut town is unusual for what it celebrates: Victory over Japan Day — from World War II.

The 48th annual V-J Day Parade last Sunday is one of the last in the country to celebrate the day that the Japanese surrendered in 1945, ending the war. Parade organizers and many in Moosup call the parade nothing more than another opportunity to honor America’s war heroes.

“It’s patriotic,” says Joe Katusich, 70, a retired Navy master chief who served aboard submarines in the 1960s. “A lot of people gave their lives in World War II, and people forget about it.”

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Town keeps celebration of victory over Japan

To the wonderful people of MOOSUP, Conn. I say this; I applaud you and this wonderful remembrance. Far too many people want to sweep this under a rug somewhere. You folks are honoring the end of a war that gave us our greatest generation. Nothing could be more patriotic.

Others, including some participants in the parade, say it’s offensive to Japanese Americans and to a country that now is one of the United States’ closest allies.

Are those offended persons Japanese or are they American? There is one thing for certain, they can’t be both.

Anyone that has read my blog for any length of time knows that I am not at all against immigration to the USA, as long as it’s LEGAL immigration. Anyone that has been a regular reader for very long also knows how I feel about hyphenated Americans and ILLEGAL INVADERS.

If these offended people are Japanese, they can go home to Japan, because that is obviously where your true loyalties reside. If you’re an offended American, get the hell over it. It was a WAR. We won.

It was quite likely the last WAR that we fought with nothing other than TOTAL victory on our minds. To the victor go the spoils, and any subsequent celebrations. I don’t care how many hyphenated Americans get offended. I don’t care how many PC, tree hugging, liberal pacifists get offended. I don’t care WHO gets their nose out of joint, leave Moosup alone and let them celebrate this victory and let them honor our troops that fought this war.

Just out of curiosity, I wonder, how many of these offended moonbats gets upset on the 4th of July? You know, the day that we celebrate American independence from England? I wonder if it’s a real problem for British-Americans?

Yes, that was sarcasm…

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7 Responses to “Town keeps celebration of victory over Japan”

  1. comment number 1 by: hardheadedtexan

    from Article.
    “Certainly there are a lot of people that still have a lot of memory of World War II. I don’t think we can fault them for that,” Mori says. “But I think for a lot of Asians, it’s kind of embarrassing that this kind of thing is celebrated.”

    You have got to be f**king kidding me.
    I had the honor of knowing my Grandfather who served in WWII. And I mean HONOR. The greatest man that I have ever encountered. He never ever talked about the war, never bragged about it, and we never brought it up, we knew better.
    He took care of me and my brother. He feed us, sheltered us, protected us with all that he had, which was very little.
    That’s what our men and women did in WWII. They Protected us. Why should we be embarrassed for surviving? It is now our turn to Protect our American Vets and honor them. If anyone’s embarrassed about this get the F**k out of my country. Too bad. Where do these idiots come from and why do they stay in our country?

  2. comment number 2 by: Bloviating Zeppelin

    I suppose you could say I am a German-American.

    Or you could say I am a Scottish-American as well.

    I look upon myself as an American. And I would still celebrate (and DO) America’s victory over Germany each and every year, and celebrate the honored and courageous warriors who fought, died and were injured in WWII on behalf of my country, to support the freedoms I enjoy now.

    You’re either an American or you are not.


  3. comment number 3 by: BobF

    Many Americans of Japanese ancestor fought for America during WWII, just like those of German and Italian ancestor. They considered themselves Americans and fought for their country. For some reason, their children and grandchildren consider themselves Hyphenated Americans who feel their first loyalty is to the “old country”.

    One of the problems today is that to many people are more concerned with their ancestor or race than what’s best for America. The supporters of the recent Supreme Court nomination is proof of that. They could have cared less what her beliefs were, all they cared was that she was a “Latina” and a liberal.

  4. comment number 4 by: TexasFred

    BZ, I had a direct relative, same last name, that was an Admiral in the German Navy… But I don’t refer to me as German-American…

    I just have SERIOUS issues with ANYONE that uses the hyphen before the word American.

    From Theodore Roosevelt:

    “There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all. This is just as true of the man who puts “native” before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance. But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is just as good an American as any one else.

    The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic. The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans; and there ought to be no room for them in this country. The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic. He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American. There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

    For an American citizen to vote as a German-American, an Irish-American, or an English-American, is to be a traitor to American institutions; and those hyphenated Americans who terrorize American politicians by threats of the foreign vote are engaged in treason to the American Republic.

    Theodore Roosevelt’s “Hyphenated Americanism” Speech, 1915

    Great words to live by today!

  5. comment number 5 by: extex_cop

    Yep…one day it will happen. Everyone will drop the prefix and just be called an American.

    I remember years ago I filled in the blank stating I was African-American ( now mind you…I am as white as you can get ). The HR person said I checked the wrong box….I told her no I didn’t. My great grandfather was born in South Africa while his parents ( my great great grandparents ) were there on Missionary assignment…so that makes me an African-American and I am entitled to all those benefits. She asked if I could show proof…I said I would as soon as all the blacks also showed proof they too were from Africa. She got really scared when I asked her if she was basing my employment on the color of my skin or the box I checked.

    I never heard back from that company…I guess I should have followed up on who they hired.

  6. comment number 6 by: Bloviating Zeppelin

    Roosevelt was eminently correct, then as now.

    It’s as simple as that.


  7. comment number 7 by: Mr Pink Eyes

    It is good to know that at least one town in America still remembers what our greatest generation went through and is still honoring them to this day. Too many people have forgotten, or probably more accurately, children are not being taught US history and have no idea what that generation went through.

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