• The funeral train of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Atlanta, Georgia, 1945. Courtesy of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center via Digital Library of Georgia.

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    • 1945-04-13
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    • View of of an armed guard from Camp Sibert as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's funeral train pulls into Terminal Station in Atlanta, Georgia on its way from Warm Springs Georgia to Washington D.C. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd President... more
      View of of an armed guard from Camp Sibert as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's funeral train pulls into Terminal Station in Atlanta, Georgia on its way from Warm Springs Georgia to Washington D.C. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States, and served from 1933 until his death in 1945. He was Governor of New York, prior to being elected president. Roosevelt was a frequent visitor to Warm Springs, Georgia after he contacted polio. He utilized the pools at the resort town to heal his legs. Roosevelt visited Georgia over forty-one times between 1924 and 1945, and consequently endeared himself to many of the state's residents. Local identification number: VIS 106.66.08. Local identification number: ahc106066008a.jpg. Joe McTyre Photograph Collection, Atlanta History Center. less
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  • Injured soldiers celebrating V-J Day ("Victory over Japan Day") in Atlanta, Georgia, August 14, 1945. Copyright Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Courtesy of Georgia State University via Digital Library of Georgia.

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    Injured Soldiers on Peachtree Street celebrating V-J Day
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    • Negative envelope: "V-J Day, Atlanta, GA. Atlanta, Georgia (V-J Day); Soldiers Crowds. 1945. 26135. Local identification number: AJCNS1945-08-14i. Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographic Archive, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State Univ... more
      Negative envelope: "V-J Day, Atlanta, GA. Atlanta, Georgia (V-J Day); Soldiers Crowds. 1945. 26135. Local identification number: AJCNS1945-08-14i. Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographic Archive, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. less
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  • “Soldiers celebrating V-J Day” ("Victory over Japan Day") on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia, August 14, 1945. Copyright Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Courtesy of Georgia State University via Digital Library of Georgia.

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    • Negative envelope: "V-J Day, Atlanta, GA. Atlanta, Georgia (V-J Day); Soldiers Crowds. 1945. 26135. Local identification number: AJCNS1945-08-14k. Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographic Archive, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State Univ... more
      Negative envelope: "V-J Day, Atlanta, GA. Atlanta, Georgia (V-J Day); Soldiers Crowds. 1945. 26135. Local identification number: AJCNS1945-08-14k. Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographic Archive, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. less
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  • A banquet honoring General Courtney Hodges, Perry, Georgia, 1945. Courtesy of the Houston County Public Library via Digital Library of Georgia.

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    • Photograph shows a dinner held when General Courtney Hodges visited Perry, Georgia, in 1945. Houston County Public Library System, Perry, Georgia.
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Just three weeks before Germany’s surrender and four months before Japan’s admission of defeat, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died in Warm Springs, Georgia, on April 12, 1945. The next day, a funeral train carried Roosevelt’s coffin slowly from Warm Springs back to Washington, DC, at thirty-five miles per hour so that grieving citizens could pay respects as it passed through their towns.

The loss of President Roosevelt was one of the last great shocks of World War II. More than 320,000 Georgians fought in the war, over one-tenth of the state’s population. Of this number, 6,754 Georgians died or were missing in action. When Japan’s surrender was announced in the United States on August 14, 1945, Georgians welcomed the war’s end by closing their businesses, throwing parades, organizing thanksgiving services, and crowding the main thoroughfares of their respective towns and cities.

Officers returning home were honored with great fanfare. General Courtney Hodges, a native of Perry, Georgia, who commanded the United States First Army in northwest Europe, returned to Georgia in May 1945, where he and forty-nine servicemen were given the nation’s first homecoming celebration in Atlanta. A dinner for Hodges was also held back in Perry.