(WBIR, Knoxville) Wednesday is the 68th anniversary of when Japan surrendered to the United States essentially ending World War II.
On August 14th, 1945 President Truman announced the victory.
Crowds gathered outside the White House celebrating and waiting for the President.
East Tennessean Charlie Brakebill was in the capital that day when he heard the news, and for him it meant he wouldn't have to go fight in Japan.
"We couldn't get a very good view of what was happening at the White House, so we got about 40 military men and women on top of a bus. I think you have a picture of it. There we were standing on top of that bus looking over into the White House lawn hollering so loud that it actually vibrated the ground. You know you've heard it real loud. And we kept hollering, 'Give us Harry! Give us Harry!'" said Brakebill.
The official VJ Day, or Victory Over Japan Day, is September 2nd in the United States. That's the day Japan signed the formal papers.