U.S. Congressman Ted Poe announced today he signed on to H. Res. 360, a House resolution recognizing the 60th Anniversary of V-J Day and the end of World War II in the Pacific.

Our country owes a debt of gratitude towards those who fought and won World War II in the Pacific, Representative Poe said. We owe our lives and our liberty to The Greatest Generation of our time. The courage and sacrifice of the members of the United States Armed Forces and of the military forces of the Allied Powers who served valiantly to rescue the Pacific nations from tyranny and aggression should always be remembered.

The House Resolution will express respect and appreciation to the members of the United States Armed Forces who served during World War II; and remember and honor those Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives for their country during the campaigns in the Pacific.
Japan is now a free and prosperous democracy with shared values and mutual interests, and against oppression in that area of the world because of the sacrifices our troops made on foreign soil, said Poe. We must never forget the contributions those soldiers made in the Pacific as we must remember and respect the role of all Veterans throughout our country and abroad today in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The United States entered the Second World War in December 1941, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and over the next four years Americans participated in what was one of the greatest national endeavors in the Nation's history.

The casualty toll of Americans in the Pacific Theater during World War II was approximately 92,904 killed, 208,333 wounded, and tens of thousands missing in action and prisoners of war, with civilians and military forces of the Allied Powers suffering equally devastating tolls.

On August 15, 1945, Emperor Hirohito of Japan announced the unconditional surrender of Japan's military forces, made formal on September 2, 1945, aboard the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan; thus ending the most devastating war in human history.

Congressman Poe salutes the Veterans throughout the country and abroad and also in his district which includes Northern Harris, Southern Liberty and Jefferson Counties in Texas.