February 13 - 15, 2015
San Diego, CA
Join the growing community of organizations and individuals that are preparing 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 assure a better future for their children and their children's children.
You are invited to help organize events and activities next year as America honors the service and sacrifice of the men and women who were the "ordinary heroes" who grew up in the difficult times of the Great Depression, fought to preserve freedom and democracy, and then in went on to help rebuild their shattered world.
Our World War II generation is now rapidly dwindling. Please join us in a nationwide celebration that honors their service and sacrifice and celebrates their achievements, so that their legacy will continue to unite and inspire Americans for years to come.
Here are some of the exiting events and activities that will be taking place next year.
Last Working Rosie the Riveter Brings
Spirit of '45 to Veterans Day
Elinor Otto, 95, and still working as a riveter building airplanes, on East Coast tour to raise public awareness about the Spirit of '45 70th Anniversary and the role women played during World War II.
Tuskegee Airman Bob Friend and Entertainment Legend Norman Lear Remember WWII
Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Bob Friend with legendary TV, movie producer and activist Norman Lear, who flew 52 combat missions as a member of a B17 crew during WWII, receiving the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters.
Congratulations to Norman Lear on the publication of his autobiography!
Sign up for the Around the World Tribute!
Help us set a Guinness World Record for the longest continuous wreath laying in history to conclude the 70th Anniversary commemorative weekend on Sunday, August 16, 2015
Watch 70th Anniversary Tribute Video
Music and lyrics by Elton John and Bernie Taupin Performed by Elton John. Courtesy of Capitol Music Group, under license from Universal Music Enterprises.
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...
Houston, TX on Labor Day Weekend as Guest of KISS
Highlights of Spirit of '45 Day 2014
Battleship USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, displays the flags of countries liberated in 1945 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.
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.
Join the communities that are organizing "Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive!" entries in their local Veterans Day Parades to help raise public awareness about the 70th Anniversary . More...
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. Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive is promoting this idea to other Veterans Day Parades around the country.
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...
Spirit of '45 spokesmen Navajo Code Talker Al Smith and Iwo Jima Vet Skip Adams Sempter Fi!