Japan surrendered to end World War II in the Pacific Theater on this date. It happened aboard the USS Missouri. More than 450,000 Missourians served globally in the conflict, according to the Missouri Secretary of State.

Photo credit: United States Navy, photographer. Signing of the Japanese surrender document aboard the U.S.S. “Missouri” in Tokyo Bay, Sept. 2, . Gen. Douglas MacArthur is shown broadcasting the ceremonies as Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signed for the emperor Hirohito. Sept. 2. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/item/2013648116/.