Rhode Island has a number of distinctions. It is the smallest state, but also has the longest official name: Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. It is the home of the Tennis Hall of Fame, the birthplace of author Cormac McCarthy, and the site of America’s very first jazz festival. It was the first colony to declare independence from England, but the last of the original 13 to achieve statehood. And, as WPRI in Providence reports, it remains the only state with a legal holiday to honor the end of World War II, which it has done every year since 1948. Arkansas once had a similar holiday, but dropped it decades ago. Numerous attempts have since been made to convince Rhode Island lawmakers to follow suit, but last Monday the Ocean State celebrated Victory Day for the 71st time, with no end in sight. Because being unique is not an issue for Rhode Islanders.