The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors recognized its World War II veterans with a resolution calling for remembrance on Aug. 14, the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. Around 28 WWII veterans attended a dinner in their honor on July 22 during the dinner break of the Board of Supervisors meeting. During the dinner, the veterans swapped stories from their service in the war, while county employees and leaders served them dinner.
Each received a copy of the resolution recognizing and remembering August 14, 2015, as the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of World War II.
The war came to an end at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 1945, when President Harry S. Truman announced that Japan had accepted Allied terms for unconditional surrender. As news spread throughout the Richmond,area the resolution reads, it was reported that “Broad Street became a streaming parade of vehicles and people, giving vent to uncontrolled joy, smiles, tears and prayers.”
The resolution also included that at the Virginia War Memorial, there are some 9,231 names of Virginians who died from hostile action during World War II inscribed and honored on its Shrine of memory stone and glass walls; of those, more than 50 who made the supreme sacrifice to ensure ultimate triumph resided within the boundaries of Chesterfield County.