Spirit of '45 helped the VA of Los Angeles County and the American Legion reboot the LA Veterans Day Parade this year.
Walgreens donated poster photos of actor Charles Durning and other Hollywood stars and Major League Baseball legend Jackie Robinson and his Dodger teammates who served in WWII.
2016 Veterans Day Parades
Spirit of '45 entries were featured in Veterans
Day parades across the country as youth volunteers marched with poster size photos of WWII veterans from their families and communities.
of ’45 helped raise public awareness about the upcoming 75th
anniversary commemoration of Pearl Harbor by carrying the photos of those who
were killed during the December 7, 1941, that will be included in a giant Wall of Gold Stars
of Pearl Harbor that will be displayed during the ceremonies in Hawaii next
The Pearl Harbor Gold Star photos will be the first to be officially added to the Wall of Honor that will be displayed in
Washington, DC on the weekend of August 14-16, 2020, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII.
New York City
More than 250 youth marched in front of a life sized
sculpture of the “Time Square Kiss” carrying poster sized photos of WWII
veterans, including some of the 348 New Yorkers who lost their lives during the
December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
This year’s Spirit of ’45 entry was organized by Val
Pfundstein and Cole Kleitch.
Theresa Werner and James Martin re-enacting the Kiss, and Walgreens
Times Square store generously donated
Spirit of ’45 helped the Veterans Administration of Los
Angeles County re-launch the Los Angeles Veterans Day Parade by organizing a
youth entry that paid tribute to Hollywood movie stars who served in WWII.
The Battleship USS Iowa brought with the West Coast Seward
Johnson’s “Kiss” sculpture and a great group of young leaders who helped organize the marchers.
John Perry with photo of local WWII Navy veteran Ernest Thompson. Youth volunteers from Battleship USS Iowa with photos of WWII vets Norman Lear, Ossie Davis, William Holden, Tyrone Power and Lee Marvin
Spirit of ’45 National Spokeswoman Elinor Otto, 97, aka
“America’s Longest Working Rosie the Riveter” joined the volunteers to
represent the Home Front.
Walgreens donated more than 100 photo posters to help support the LA Parade. Walgreen store managers and their families joined the Battleship Iowa youth volunteers as together they began an annual tradition of keeping the Spirit of '45 alive on Veterans Day in LA.
Once again, the Girls Scouts and Honor Flight teamed up to give San Diego's Veterans Day Parade another great Spirit of '45 entry. Scouts met with WWII veterans and marched in front of the Old Trolly filled with members of the 'greatest generation.'
Thanks to United Veterans of San Diego and Veterans Museum & Memorial chairman Jack Harkins and his team for their combined efforts to honor the veterans of "America's Finest City."
2015 Veterans Day Parades
"I was proud to be able to keep my great grandfather's spirit alive,"
"Thanks for giving me a chance to walk with a real hero!"