PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — It’s a three-day weekend for many Rhode Islanders as the state marks the anniversary of the end of World War II.
Rhode Island is the last state to recognize Victory Day, which it observes Monday.
State and many municipal offices, even some businesses, will be closed.
The day is commonly known as Victory over Japan Day, or V-J Day, because of its association with the Japanese surrender in 1945.
Attempts have failed over the years to drop the holiday or change its name. Critics say it’s discriminatory because the state doesn’t celebrate the Allies’ victory over Germany a few months before Japan surrendered.
Critics also say it makes no sense because Japan is now a U.S. ally and the victory was preceded by a nuclear attack.