(Music and lyrics courtesy of Elton John and Bernie Taupin)
Bob Friend and Norman Lear Remember WWII
Tuskegee Airman Col. Bob Friend with legendary TV and movie producer Norman Lear, who flew 52 combat missions as a member of a B17 crew during WWII, receiving the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters.
Congratulations to Norman Lear on the publication of his autobiography!
WWII veteran Sydnor Thompson and his wife, Harriette, of Charlotte, NC, re-enacted the famous "kiss seen 'round the world" during at the press event held in Times Square on August 14, 2014 to officially announce the beginning of the countdown to the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. More...
The August 14, 2014 press event in Times Square attracted by international media interest, and was covered by Newsday, the Wall Street Journal and other leading news outlets. More...
Houston, TX on Labor Day Weekend as Guest of KISS
Highlights of Spirit of '45 Day 2014
Battleship USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, displays the flags of countries liberated in 1945 More..
In 2010, Congress unanimously passed Concurrent Resolution 226 calling for a national "Spirit of '45 Day" to be observed on the second Sunday in August to honor the men and women who were the ordinary heroes of the WWII era.
In 2015, American will commemorate the 70th Anniversary of our Greatest Generation's Greatest Day to assure that Spirit of '45 Day continues to inspire future generations. More...
Tuskegee Airman Legend Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr.'s public service announcement was shown during Spirit of '45 Day observances at Major League Baseball games. More.
Join the communities that are organizing "Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive!" entries in their local Veterans Day Parades to help raise public awareness about the 70th Anniversary . More...
Hundreds of Boy and Girl Scouts march each November 11 in the New York City Veterans Day Parade - the nation's largest - carrying photos of WWII veterans from their families and communities. Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive is promoting this idea to other Veterans Day Parades around the country.
Remember the Rosies!!
Elinor Otto, at 93 still working as a Rosie!
Spirit of '45 Rosie's Hosted by the White House
A Salute to Past Spirit of '45 Day National Spokesmen
January 24, 1917 - July 8, 2012
Ernie. who served in the Navy from 1935 to 1945, and is the voice of the USS Arizona Memorial, was among the first to step forward to assure that his generation had their Day. "We need to remember all the unsung heroes and keep their Spirit alive!"
September 14, 1924 - January 4, 2014
Jerry Coleman, the Voice of the San Diego Padres for more than 3 decades, was the only Major League Baseball player to serve in combat during WWII and the Korean War (he flew 120 missions as a Marine pilot earning 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses). He who played in 7 World Series with fellow WWII vet Yogi Berra and was the 1950 MVP. MLB clubs now observe Spirit of '45 Day during their games played in August. More...
Spirit of '45 spokesmen Navajo Code Talker Al Smith and Iwo Jima Vet Skip Adams Sempter Fi!