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VIDEO: Defense Secretary Mark Esper and a dozen World War II veterans from Hawaii mark the 75th anniversary of war’s end

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Video courtesy The 75th Commemoration of the End of WWII
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                                Rifle salute by Marine detachment. End of WW2 ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri.
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Rifle salute by Marine detachment. End of WW2 ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri.

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                                Former U.S. Army B-25 Bomber pilot Col. Jack DeTour walked around B-25 Mitchell “Old Glory” prior to a flight, Aug. 26, in Honolulu. DeTour, 98, was a B-25 pilot during World War II lives in Hawaii.
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Former U.S. Army B-25 Bomber pilot Col. Jack DeTour walked around B-25 Mitchell “Old Glory” prior to a flight, Aug. 26, in Honolulu. DeTour, 98, was a B-25 pilot during World War II lives in Hawaii.

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                                World War II veteran Wendell Newman spoke with U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, center, and Esper’s wife, Leah, at today’s 75th commemoration of the end of WWII.
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World War II veteran Wendell Newman spoke with U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, center, and Esper’s wife, Leah, at today’s 75th commemoration of the end of WWII.

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                                The scene on the USS Missouri this morning.
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The scene on the USS Missouri this morning.

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                                A double rainbow was seen over the USS Missouri this morning.
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A double rainbow was seen over the USS Missouri this morning.

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                                B-29 bombers flew over the USS Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945, in Tokyo Bay.
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B-29 bombers flew over the USS Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945, in Tokyo Bay.

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                                A TBM Avenger made a smoke trail above the Arizona Memorial on Wednesday during end-of-World War II commemoration ceremonies featuring warbirds from the past.
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A TBM Avenger made a smoke trail above the Arizona Memorial on Wednesday during end-of-World War II commemoration ceremonies featuring warbirds from the past.

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                                Sailors aboard the USS Michael Murphy passed in review Wednesday during the 75th anniversary of the end-of-World War II ceremonies.
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Sailors aboard the USS Michael Murphy passed in review Wednesday during the 75th anniversary of the end-of-World War II ceremonies.

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                                <strong>“When they got the word (the war ended), there were so many screams … . People jumping in the streets. It was amazing.”</strong>
                                <strong>Lambert Wai</strong>
                                <em>The 99-year-old Army veteran is pictured above next to a picture of his brother, Francis Wai, the only soldier of Chinese ancestry to receive the Medal of Honor.</em>
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“When they got the word (the war ended), there were so many screams … . People jumping in the streets. It was amazing.”

Lambert Wai

The 99-year-old Army veteran is pictured above next to a picture of his brother, Francis Wai, the only soldier of Chinese ancestry to receive the Medal of Honor.

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                                Rifle salute by Marine detachment. End of WW2 ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri.
JAMM AQUINO/ JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Former U.S. Army B-25 Bomber pilot Col. Jack DeTour walked around B-25 Mitchell “Old Glory” prior to a flight, Aug. 26, in Honolulu. DeTour, 98, was a B-25 pilot during World War II lives in Hawaii.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                World War II veteran Wendell Newman spoke with U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, center, and Esper’s wife, Leah, at today’s 75th commemoration of the end of WWII.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The scene on the USS Missouri this morning.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A double rainbow was seen over the USS Missouri this morning.
COURTESY U.S. NAVY
                                B-29 bombers flew over the USS Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945, in Tokyo Bay.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A TBM Avenger made a smoke trail above the Arizona Memorial on Wednesday during end-of-World War II commemoration ceremonies featuring warbirds from the past.
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                                Sailors aboard the USS Michael Murphy passed in review Wednesday during the 75th anniversary of the end-of-World War II ceremonies.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA/CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                <strong>“When they got the word (the war ended), there were so many screams … . People jumping in the streets. It was amazing.”</strong>
                                <strong>Lambert Wai</strong>
                                <em>The 99-year-old Army veteran is pictured above next to a picture of his brother, Francis Wai, the only soldier of Chinese ancestry to receive the Medal of Honor.</em>