Monday is Victory Day in Rhode Island. It's a time when local veterans who served in World War II reflect on what was the deadliest war in history. 

94-year-old Dave Mann of Hope Valley was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in combat while serving in Europe. He says he'd like to see the state do more to recognize the significance of Victory Day.“We’re the only state to celebrate (Victory Day), so let’s celebrate,’ Mann said. “I don’t think people think about it in bad terms with the Japanese. It’s part of history.”

Some Rhode Islanders have called for the elimination of Victory Day now that the United States has a strong relationship with Japan. But Mann says he thinks it should be an official national holiday. 

“We lost so many men and women in the war," Mann said. ‘They should be recognized.”   

Rhode Island has celebrated Victory Day every year since 1948.