As part of the Nationwide “Spirit of ’45” celebration, the USS New Jersey hosted it’s first annual “Spirit of ’45” celebration. August 14th, 2010 marked the 65th Anniversary of “VJ Day”. As part of the celebration, the USS New Jersey re-enacted the Japanese signing of the peace treaty in Tokyo Bay, signifying the end of World War II. Although the original signing was done aboard the USS Missouri, the USS New Jersey is a mere 5” longer than it’s Iowa class sister ship, the USS Missouri. The USS New Jersey is the most decorated US Battleship in history. It has fired more shells and been in three conflicts, more than any Battleship in history. She has 19 battle and campaign stars. (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, First Gulf war). Some of the photos I did my best to replicate the original photos from the signing, including the angle and the use of a flash. I added some effects make them look vintage. Some of the images I tried to duplicate can be found here: http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/japansur/js-8.htm
Cheryl and I had a blast and plan to return next year!