I have run the video below a number of times, starting on July 4, 2012.

It’s a video of Victory over Japan (VJ) Day, August 14, 1945. For some reason, it seems so appropriate to play on July 4.

It was forwarded to me by reader TowsonLawyer, who wrote:

Just in time for the Fourth of July – Lost Film from 1945

Here’s the story from Richard Sullivan:

67 Years Ago my Dad shot this film along Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki capturing spontaneous celebrations that broke out upon first hearing news of the Japanese surrender. Kodachrome 16mm film: God Bless Kodachrome, right? I was able to find an outfit (mymovietransfer.com) to do a much superior scan of this footage to what I had previously posted, so I re-did this film and replaced the older version There are more still images from this amazing day, in color, at discoveringhawaii.com.

What it must have felt like.

Liberation. Independence. Victory.

VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945 from Richard Sullivan on Vimeo.

Does the video inspire you, or depress you?

I understand the impulse in these times to be down, but here’s what Andrew Klavan has to say:

“Recently I’ve been hearing a lot of conservatives saying things like, ‘It’s over. The left has won. This is no longer America. I’m not even going to celebrate the Fourth of July this year.’ I confess this disturbs me. I expect feminists to squeal like hysterical little girls. . . . I expect conservatives to act like men and women — men and women who understand they are part of a fight for liberty that began when Moses killed the Egyptian slavedriver and will not end until Jesus comes again. Open your eyes. The hills are filled with chariots of fire. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

So be inspired.

Happy Independence Day, to all Legal Insurrection readers, commenters, lurkers, trolls (okay, even the trolls), donors, authors, friends and family.