VJ Day commemorations across the midstate

It’s called the “greatest generation’s greatest day.”

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two.

On this day in 1945, Japan surrendered, cementing the total victory of the allies. On Friday, a wreath-laying ceremony honored the 19-thousand World War Two veterans buried at Fort Indiantown Gap.

There are more commemorations for the “Spirit of ’45” this weekend. Saturday, the Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society hosts its 5th annual Spirit of ’45 event. There will be plenty of displays, World War Two-era vehicles, and art. There will also be re-enactors and living historians. One of the attractions will be the Wall of Honor which features stories and photos of local World War Two vets. The ceremony begins Saturday morning at 9 at Dill’s Tavern in Dillsburg. Saturday night at 7, there will be a USO-style dance.

The commemorations continue Sunday morning in Gettysburg. There will be a wreath-laying ceremony, along with honor guard, at the Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg National Military Park. It starts at 10.

There are hundreds of events taking place this weekend all across the country. Organizers say it’s an opportunity for families and communities in every city and town in America to come together and say thank you to the men and women of the greatest generation — who continue to inspire generations to come.

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