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World War II veterans participate in a wreath-laying ceremony to  commemorate the 71st anniversary of the Allied Forces Victory in the Pacific on Sept. 2, 2016 at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
World War II veterans participate in a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the Allied Forces Victory in the Pacific on Sept. 2, 2016 at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. ((Ken-Yon Hardy/Stars and Stripes))

WASHINGTON — About a dozen World War II veterans gathered at the National World War II Memorial to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the Allied Forces Victory in the Pacific.

Known as "Victory over Japan Day," or "V-J Day," it was effectively the end of World War II.

During the ceremony, World War II veterans laid wreaths at the "Freedom Wall" of the memorial in remebrance of the more than 400,000 Americans who died during the war.

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