WWII 70th Anniversary Commemorative Weekend
August 14 - 16, 2015
Join the growing community of organizations and individuals that are planning events and activities this year to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of "the Greatest Generation's Greatest Day" - August 14, 1945 - the day World War II ended and America began laying the foundations to ensure a better future for their children and their children's children.
to keep the
Spirit of '45
A planning guide, signage, flyer templates, even cake designs for your Spirit of '45 events!
- National Parks Service to announce Rosie the Riveter Rallies throughout America
Your tax deductible contributions will help ensure that families and communities honor the members of the WWII generation this year on the 70th anniversary of their greatest achievements!
Air Force Association keeping the Spirit of '45 alive
Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive float was a centerpiece of this 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.
Arsenal of Democracy/WWII Victory Capitol Flyover on May 8!
A Place For Mom joins Times Square Kiss Project
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...
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.
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...
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August 14, 1945 Radio Broadcasts
President Truman announces end of WWII
Times Square celebrations