3/22/41 - 3/22/16 

Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr and Norman Lear 
America's Last Rosie
kicks off 2016 campaign
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Wall of Honor Project
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National Wall of Honor
70th Anniversary Commemoration Weekend a great success!!!

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Spirit of '45 Day Express

Memorial Day - Monday, May 30, 2016
Spirit of '45 Salute to America's Gold Star Families
Pre-Parade briefing begins at 12:00 noon at the Navy Memorial 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004
(National Archives/Navy Memorial Metro Station)
For more information, contact Jamie Sawatsky jbsawatzky22@gmail.com
Youth volunteers carry photos of the fallen of WWII in the annual Spirit of '45 Memorial Day March of Heroes
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.) 
Dr. Heilman leads the Spirit of '45 Day entry in the 2015 National Memorial Day Parade. More...
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!
Dr. Heilman arrives in Washington, DC
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.
Legendary Tuskegee Airman Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. Spirit of '45 Day Message
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.


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