Message of President Osmeña to the United States President Harry S. Truman on the occasion of Japan’s unconditional surrender August 15, 1945

U.S. President Harry S. Truman with President Sergio Osmeña in the Oval Office, 1945. (Photo courtesy of LIFE Magazine)
U.S. President Harry S. Truman with President Sergio Osmeña in the Oval Office, 1945. (Photo courtesy of LIFE Magazine)

“I send you our people’s most joyful congratulations on the victory of the spirit and arms of the United States of America and Allied Nations. This victory in which we can claim a modest share by reason of our sacrifices in Bataan and throughout the Philippines, has for us the significance of the glorious reaffirmation of democratic ideals.”

Message of President Osmeña to the Filipino people on V-J Day, September 2, 1945

(Photo from National Library of the Philippines.)
(Photo from National Library of the Philippines.)

“With the formal surrender of the Japanese Empire today, September 2, 1945, the long and terrible war is at an end. President Truman, speaking on behalf of all the United Nations, has proclaimed this day as V-J Day.”

Message of President Osmeña to Supreme Allied Commander Douglas MacArthur on the occasion of the signing of the Japanese surrender document, September 3, 1945

Field Marshal Douglas MacArthur and President Sergio Osmeña en route to Leyte on a barge. The Leyte Landing, October 20, 1944.
Field Marshal Douglas MacArthur and President Sergio Osmeña en route to Leyte on a barge. The Leyte Landing, October 20, 1944.

“Eighteen million Filipinos join me in sending you our heartfelt blessing at this moment of final victory. Even in our darkest hour our faith in you and America stood firm.”