75th Anniversary of the end of WW II

An item that was shared by our Branch President, Fred Rutledge, who received this in his role as State Guard (California Military Department) – specifically the Military Museum Command.

Public Law 115-433, signed by the President on January 10, 2019, states the Secretary of Defense will conduct a program to commemorate The United States of America 75th Anniversary of World War II, terminating on December 31, 2021. During this period, the Department of Defense and each of the Military Services will conduct and participate in a SERIES OF COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS, focused on honoring WWII veterans and helping the American people gain a better understanding of their military’s history. Education via various digital platforms [read more] will also be used. Select commemorative observances in Europe and the Pacific will be identified and historical representation of U.S. forces will be approved by the Office of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs for U.S. participation in overseas commemorative events.

The primary commemoration objectives are:
1) To thank and honor veterans of WWII, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.
2) To educate the public about the history of WWII and highlight the service of the Armed Forces during WWII and the contributions of Federal agencies and governmental and nongovernmental organizations that served with, or in support of, Armed Forces.
3) To pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during WWII.
4) To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the Allies of the United States during WWII.
5) To remember the Holocaust, the annihilation of 6,000,000 Jews by the Nazi regime, and to pay tribute to the Allied troops who liberated Nazi concentration camps during WWII.

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