NEWPORT -- City officials and local veterans marked the 67th anniversary to the end of World War II during a ceremony outside City Hall on Monday.
Rhode Island is the last state to recognize the end of the war as an official holiday.
Technically, however, Japan's surrender wasn't formalized until Sept. 2, 1945 with a ceremony aboard the USS Missouri in the Bay of Tokyo. Accordingly, the federal government recognizes Sept. 2 as "Victory Day." Celebrated the second Monday of August, Rhode Island's holiday marks the day in which Japan announced its intent to surrendor.
In Japan, Aug. 15 is recognized as the end of the war.