FILE - In this Sept. 2, 1945, file photo, Japanese officials stand in a group facing representatives of the Allied armed forces prior to signing the surrender agreement on the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, during the surrender ceremony marking the end of World War II. Some U.S. veterans and government officials will gather Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Hawaii to mark the 75th anniversary of the surrender. (AP Photo/Max Desfor, File)
Jerry Pedersen, center, watches a livestream of Wednesday’s ceremony of the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII at his son’s home in West Sacramento, Calif. Pedersen, 95, was a U.S. Marine on the deck of the Missouri witnessing the end of World War II. But on the 75th anniversary, Pedersen and his surviving comrades who live on the mainland will be watching a livestream of the event from their homes instead of seeing it in person on the ship as they had planned. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)
HONOLULU — When Japanese military leaders climbed aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945, the battleship was packed with U.S. sailors eager to see the end of World War II.