Germany finally surrendered in May 1945. Japan followed on August 15, following the dropping of the world's first two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is significant to Nebraska history that the plane which dropped the world's first atomic bomb-the Enola Gay-was built in Nebraska at the Martin Bomber Plant.
Nebraskans celebrated the victory whole-heartedly. They looked forward to the return of their loved ones and to a world at peace.