The date September 2nd, 1945, marks a momentous occasion for veterans and family members of America’s Greatest Generation. On this date, known as VJ Day, the Allied powers celebrated victory over the Japanese Empire and the formal end of World War II. The United States emerged from this epic struggle as the unchallenged leader of the free world and the champion of democratic institutions across the globe.
Lyon Air Museum Docent Bud Carter vividly remembers when, as a young teenager, his life changed forever. “On December 6, 1941 my biggest worry was whether or not my high school girlfriend was going to go to a school dance with me the following week. The next day, December 7, my biggest worry became how I was going to fight for my country. When I went to school the following Monday, half the boys were gone. They were in Los Angeles, enlisting in the military. In one weekend, my life and the course of this entire country changed forever.”