A 120 ft "Wall of Honor" comprised of photos of WWII veterans is displayed by San Antonio Honor Flight, VITAS, Dignity Memorial, Fold3, and the National Parks Service in front of the National WWII Memorial on the weekend of August 11-12, 2013
Some highlights of the weekend included:
Honor Flight Wisconsin produced a “Salute to the Greatest Generation” that set a Guinness World Record at Milwaukee's Miller Stadium, bringing together more than 28,000 people, including 2,000 WWII veterans, their families, friends and the public, for an evening observance that will feature the world premiere of the documentary “Honor Flight.”
Major League Baseball teams observed National Spirit of '45 Day by remind their fans how professional baseball helped keep up the nation’s morale during wartime. More than 4,500 ballplayers like pitching legend Bob Feller, put down their bats and gloves to serve their country;
Vitas Innovative Hospice organized community events throughout the entire month of August in the more than 40 cities where it operates, partnering with senior centers, assisted living communities,veterans organizations, museums and WWII heritage groups like the Tuskegee Airmen.
Atria Senior Living held Spirit of ’45 Day open houses at all of its 124 independent and assisted living communities in 30 states, inviting the public to with visit members of the “Greatest Generation” on the anniversary of their “Greatest Day:”
Members of Bugles Across America played “Taps” across the country from the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. to the National Cemetery in Hawaii, in honor of Hollywood legend and WWII Navy veteran Ernest Borgnine who was a Spirit of ’45 national spokesman until his death at age 95 on July 8 of this year.
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