Editorial: Capturing V-J Day for all time

SHARE Editorial: Capturing V-J Day for all time
SHARE Editorial: Capturing V-J Day for all time

Follow @CSTeditorials

It’s a picture that anyone, of any age, immediately understands.

A sailor grabs a girl. The girl willingly dips. A kiss seals the end of World War II.

The moment captures the relief. It encapsulates the celebration. It captures the unambiguous joy of the end of a long, bloody and honorable war.


Follow @CSTeditorials

As our nation commemorates the 70th anniversary of V-J Day this weekend — the day when Japan surrendered, effectively ending the war — the number of soldiers who helped carry America and the Allies to victory grows smaller with each passing day.

Fewer old-timers are around to remind us of the importance of this war against fascism. Fewer heroes are around to remind us that while all war is hell, some are more noble than others.

So we turn to this photo, shot in the midst of a crowd celebrating in Times Square in New York City.

Look at the photo and feel the joy.

Look at the photo and feel the pride.

Look at the photo and remember V-J Day.

Follow the Editorial Board on Twitter:Follow @CSTeditorials

Tweets by @CSTeditorials

The Latest
Starter Justin Steele allowed one hit and struck out nine in five innings and left with a 4-0 lead. But Brandon Hughes, Scott Effross, David Robertson and Rowan Wick combined to allow seven runs as the Cubs lost their fourth consecutive game.
The Sox’ Yasmani Grandal and Anderson and the Yankees’ Donaldson were at the center of the dustup. There were no punches or ejections.
Favorite Epicenter made a hard charge up the rail to finish second. But Jose Ortiz guided Early Voting inside before the finish line well ahead of Epicenter, who was also second in the Kentucky Derby.
Gomez was a few days shy of 27 when a 14-year-old attacked him at the Cicero Green Line station, authorities said. His family described him as fiercely protective, fighting for custody of his son and planning on becoming a police officer.
The Cubs catcher quickly moved past his ejection Friday, but left Saturday’s game against the Diamondbacks in the third inning with right hamstring tightness. “Definitely something going on. We’ll find out how extensive,” manager David Ross said.