Media must provide window to past

08/21/2013 8:00 PM

08/21/2013 8:00 PM

The importance of certain dates are only in the eyes of the beholders. Today's news media fails to note some dates that played major roles in the lives of so many around the world and caused structural changes in all the world's governments. Aug. 6 and 9 are significant to many of us, for it was on those dates in 1945 that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed, finalizing four years of fighting in WWII. Japan's unconditional surrender followed on the 14th and on Sept. 2, or V-J Day, the official signings took place on the USS Missouri.

May 8, 1945, is another non-mentioned date that saw the end of hostilities in Europe, briefly referred to as V-E Day.

The relentless clock just keeps ticking away. Part of the media's responsibility is to apprise succeeding generations that the paths of our historical journey were not always paved, and its milestones are written in blood, sweat and tears, as Winston Churchill would best describe them.

FRANK GRANATA

Merced

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