September 2016 was a busy month so it’s not too surprising that most everyone missed important anniversaries that month. Some may have considered them important – and, perhaps, some may not. It depends on your point of view. But for the purposes of this column, only those that are military in nature need to be mentioned.
September 2, 2016, was the 71st Anniversary of VJ Day, officially known as Victory over Japan Day, which officially ended World War II.
The end of the war was finalized by Japanese foreign affairs minister Mamoru Shigemitsu who signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender on board USS Missouri. Although the history books show WW II started on September 1, 1939, U.S. Involvement in that war officially began with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
September 17, 2016, celebrates the day delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia in 1787. This day is known as Constitution Day. This year makes it the 229th Anniversary of that significant day.
It is Section 8 of the Constitution, Powers of Congress, that established our Navy and provided for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia.
And September 18, 2016, was the 69th Anniversary of founding of the U.S. Air Force. The origins of the air force goes back to 1907
“when the United States Army Signal Corps formed an Aeronautical Division after powered air travel had begun. Soon thereafter, the Aeronautical Division purchased its first airplane from the Wright brothers.”
From 1926 to 1941, the air force was called the U.S. Army Air Corps. The United States Air Force (USAF) was formed as a separate branch of the military on 18 September 1947 under the National Security Act of 1947.
Today the Air Force has
“approximately 5,000 aircraft, 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles, and 60 satellites.”
and is now
“comprised of roughly 650,000 active, civilian, reserve, and air guard personnel.”
In celebration of Constitution Day, many history buffs have signed up for Hillsdale College’s free online course entitled Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution:
“The course is delivered via email, with one lesson per week for 10 weeks and features lively teaching, suggested readings, weekly quizzes, and more.”
And, in celebration of the founding of the U.S. Air Force, Task & Purpose has provided a 10-question quiz entitled, “How Well Do You Know The US Air Force?”
Celebrations and anniversaries like these will be occurring in each month of the year. But these particular ones occurred in September, 2016.