This is an amazing video, filmed in 16mm Kodachrome with sound, in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 14, 1945.
The instant I saw this incredible video I knew it would become the focal pint of our commemoration of Memorial Day. That it was preserved with such clarity, including sound, is amazing. It is also a testament to Kodak’s Kodachrome film, the best color film ever created.
The sacrifices and horror endured by those who won the battles is unimaginable, and I can only imagine what was going through the minds of the civilians, soldiers, sailors and Marines following nearly four years of war, who you’ll see in this video..
This occurred on VJ Day, marking the end of the war in the Pacific.
The singer you’ll hear in the background was a then 52-year-old Jimmy Durante, singing “I’ll be Seeing You.”