70th Anniversary Commemoration Weekend a great success!!! 
Times Square
"Kiss In"  a Hit!
Send your WWII couples wedding photos in for the 2016 edition! 
Rosie the Riveter Rally sets Guinness World Record!  
WWII Warbirds
Fly Over America!
Spirit of '45 to receive
2015 Hoyt Vandenberg Award at AFA National Convention 
Spirit of '45
Community Events
Around the World Wreath Laying Tribute
Ceremonies at all VA Cemeteries
"The Convoy's coming!"

A full page ad that appeared in the August 14, 2015 edition of USA TODAY, listed the names of organizations that registered events for the Spirit of '45 70th Anniversary Commemoration.  The ad was paid for by the Norman Lear Family Foundation, Vitas Healthcare, Lockheed Martin, the Air Force Association, USS Midway, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, the United War Veterans Council, and the Digital Clubhouse Network.   
Click here on the image for a PDF version of the ad. 
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 will place a wreath at the East Coast WWII Memorial in Battery Park to help begin the cross country Tribute that will end in Hawaii on Sunday, August 16. 
San Diego held a press conference on the morning of August 14 to announce the national Weekend that includes a special Spirit of '45 celebration hosted by the USS Midway. (pictured above Lisa Marcolongo of the San Diego Veterans Hospice Partnership, WWII veteran Milt Lohr, Jack Harkins, president of the United Veterans Council of San Diego, and swing dancers who performed during the announcement.
 "Don't just eulogize the Greatest Generation"
Read Dana Milbank's Washington Post column
"70 years later: How World War II changed America" 
Read Rick Hampson's USA Today article   

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!

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.

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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