Amata Honors Veterans on the Anniversary of the Victory in the Pacific in World War II

August 31, 2018
Press Release

Pago Pago – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata released the following statement in honor of our Veterans for the 73rd Anniversary of V-J Day:

“On September 2, 1945, the world celebrated the end of World War II, and the Allied forces celebrated victory over Imperial Japan with a document signed on the battleship U.S.S. Missouri. This historic occasion will be marked with a special ceremony in our nation’s capital. Veterans of World War II will place wreaths at the National World War II Memorial’s Freedom Wall in remembrance of the 400,000 Americans and millions throughout the world who lost their lives in World War II.


Amata at WWII Memorial
Congresswoman Amata at American Samoa’s pillar of the Work War II Memorial on the National Mall in 2016 with the Lincoln Memorial in the distance.


“This day is another stirring reminder of the great trust we place in our Armed Forces. It’s a day to honor all our Veterans and Service Members, while specially remembering those who gave so much in the 1940’s to secure our freedoms. They left the world a better place, and Japan became a staunch ally and friend in the cause of freedom, peace, stability and prosperity.

“Even today in American Samoa, we have our reminders overlooking the Harbor of that immense war. Still today, the people of American Samoa are doing our part, serving the country in high numbers. The military families of American Samoa have earned the right to be proud of that as we remember this important date in history.”


Amata with Veterans
Amata with Veterans.


Before the Hickam flag
The historic Hickam Flag was flying at the attacks marking U.S. entry into World War II, and again present on the U.S.S. Missouri at the close of World War II


Amata in Okinawa with troops and other Members of Congress
Amata in Okinawa with troops and other Members of Congress