Er, not happy. Somber. Right.
Rhode Island is one of a number of states that once celebrated Victory in Japan Day. That number being, oh, all 50. But 49 of those states eventually decided it was inappropriate to celebrate the deaths of over 300,000 people (the last being Arkansas, over 30 years ago).
But not Rhode Island. On the second Monday of every August, they still observe “Victory Day.” Don’t believe me? Well, here’s this year’s version of the annual “should-we-really-be-celebrating-this?” debate. Victory Day also sparked my long-standing yet absolutely despicable tradition in my teenage years of telling my friends: “Happy Victory Day! Hope you have a blast!”
Sure, it’s nice to have a holiday in the long, taunting stretch between the 4th of July and Labor Day. But aren’t there better reasons for a holiday than mass homicide? Like, say, the long-awaited season premiere of the best show on television:
Happy Weeds Day, everyone! I will be celebrating by…
…watching the show. What did you think I was going to say?