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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...
 
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.
 
But only with YOUR support can we assure that the achievements of our "Greatest Generation" continues to inspire America.
 
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The Battleship USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii  More.. 
 
 
 
 Preparations for 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII begin with announcement of nationwide flyovers planned for August 2015
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WWII War Bride Joy Beebe (left), daughter Barbara Jensen (center) join WWII veteran and Spirit of '45 Day national spokesman Brig Gen (ret) John B. Thayer (right) as Governor John Kitzhaber signs legislation making Spirit of '45 Day an annual day of remembrance in the state of Oregon.
 
A Salute to Past Spirit of '45 Day National Spokesmen
Ernest Borgnine
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!"
 
Jerry Coleman
September 14, 1924 - January 4, 2014
 
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), who played in 7 World Series with fellow WWII vet Yogi Berra (he was the 1950 MVP), Jerry led the Spirit of '45 Day campaign from San Diego, where he was an announcer for the Padres and a beloved figure for more than 35 years. Thanks to Jerry, virtually all MLB clubs now have annual Spirit of '45 Day observances in August. More...
 
Former Spirit of '45 Day national spokesmen Navajo Code Talker Al Smith and Iwo Jima Veteran Skip Adams.  Sempter Fi!
 
 
 
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 
 

 
 

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