3/22/41 - 3/22/16 

America's Last Rosie
kicks off 2016 campaign
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Elinor Otto
Send your WWII couples wedding photos in for the 2016 edition!
Wall of Honor Project
WWII veterans photos
being recruited for
National Wall of Honor
70th Anniversary Commemoration Weekend a great success!!!

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With special thanks to Elton John! 
See you in Times Square!
 Loni Anderson and four generations of the Temme Family will be in Times Square this year to honor the Couples of WWII on Spirit of '45 Day
Group photo and Kiss re-enactment
10:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 14 
Wreath laying at the East Coast WWII Memorial in Battery Park - 1:00 p.m. 
 Join Jerry and Woody for a Spirit of '45 Day Musical Extravaganza 
Medical Musical Group launching new Spirit of '45 Day tradition 
Spirit of '45 Day Message from Legendary Tuskegee Airman Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr.
March 9, 1922 - July 4, 2016

Dr. Brown and Norman Lear on Veterans Day 2015

Roscoe Brown Jr., Tuskegee Airman and educator, dies at 94
Dr. Brown was one of the first to join Ernie Borgnine and the U.S. Senators Dan Inouye, Frank Lautenberg, and Susan Collins to help establish Spirit of '45 Day in 2010. His Spirit of '45 Day video (which he did in just two takes), has been viewed by thousands and shared during Major League Baseball games each year in August. Dr. Brown helped launch the annual Spirit of '45 Day program in Times Square in 2012 , and appeared with Norman Lear last November in New York's Veterans Day Parade.  It was Roscoe's idea to encourage people to light a ceremonial red candle each year on March 22 to honor the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. 
While he was justifiably proud of his accomplishments during WWII as one of the original "Red Tails," Roscoe continued to be active in the cause of social justice and equality throughout his life (he helped lead the effort to integrate the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, where he served as a trustee for more than 3 decades).
"Remember ... and be inspired."

Memorial Day 2016 sets the pace for a summer of Spirit
Youth volunteers carry photos of the fallen of WWII in the
10th annual Spirit of '45 Memorial Day March of Heroes
Hundreds of volunteers participated in this year's March of Heroes which featured Jerry Yellin and a float provided by U-Haul International
Congressional Medal of Honor and Iwo Jima veteran Hershel "Woody" Wiliams enjoys a moment with fellow WWII Marine, Dr. E. Bruce Heilman in Charleston, WV during his last official stop of his 6,000 miles solo motorcycle ride honoring America's Gold Star Families and promoting awareness about the upcoming events commemorating the 75th anniversary of major WWII events. (Photo by Kenny Kemp, courtesy Charleston Gazette-Mail.) 
2016 Spirit of '45 National Leaders Conference - Silicon Valley   Delegates from more than 15 states attended the 2016 conference to begin developing a Spirit of '45 Day strategic marketing plan incorporating major 75th anniversaries of major WWII events that will be taking place 2016 - 2020.  
AFA Chairman Scott Van Cleef and Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James present the 2015 Hoyt Vandenberg Award to the Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive coalition during the opening session of the Air Force Association's national convention.  Receiving the award on behalf of the coalition was Spirit of '45 Day spokesman Jerry Yellin,  senior advisor Andrew McKenna and Warren C. Hegg, national supervisor, Cole Kleitsch, and USAF Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh III.  Previous recipients include Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, Jacqueline Cochran and E. Ross Perot. (Photo by  Brittany Gray) More...
Help us build the USAF Wall of Honor 
 Spirit of '45 is inviting families and communities to submit military service photos of the 2.5 million who served in the Army Air Corps and the WASPs during WWII so that they can be included in a giant Wall of Honor that will be displayed in front of the National Air Force Memorial in September 2017 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the formation of the United States Air Force.  More...
Several hundred people gathered in at the 25 ft Seward Johnson sculpture in Times Square for Spirit of '45 70th Anniversary Commemoration Weekend Kick off on August 10.  Ray and Ellie Williams of Blairsville, GA, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary by representing their generation at the August 14 kick off.  They placed a wreath at the East Coast WWII Memorial in Battery Park to help begin the cross country Tribute that will ended in Hawaii on Sunday, August 16.
Spirit of '45 Coalition supports Eisenhower Memorial Campaign
Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive float was a centerpiece of last year's National Memorial Day Parade. More...
More great photos from Jeff Malet Photography here.
Thanks to the American Legion for these great videos!
Spirit of '45 national spokesman Jerry Yellin was a special guest of the 2015 Indy 500 (L). James Martin and Theresa Werner (pictured with WWII WAC Capt. Anna Bertola and her daughter Lisa) re-enacted the famous Times Square Kiss of August 14, 1945 on the Spirit of 45 in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. Dr. E. Bruce Heilman was joined by a young Rosie lookalike at the National Memorial Day Parade after appearing as a Grand Marshall, riding with members of the American Legion Riders in front of the Spirit of '45 WWII 70th Anniversary Commemorative float provided courtesy of U-Haul.


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