70th Anniversary Commemoration Weekend
 
August 14 - 16, 2015 
 
 
 
 
  
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Friday
August 14, 2015 
Times Square
"Kiss In"
 
  
 
 
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Saturday
August 15, 2015
 
Rosie the Riveter Rallies
 
National Parks Service needs you! 
 
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WWII Warbird
Fly Overs
 
 
 
 
 
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Spirit of '45
Community Events
 
 
Swing Across America!
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Sunday
August 16, 2015 
 
Around the World Wreath Laying Tribute
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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. 
 
Scarlett Johansson
asks America
to keep the
Spirit of '45
alive 
  
 
 
A planning guide, signage, flyer templates, even cake designs for your Spirit of '45 events! 
 
 
 
In 2010, the U.S. Congress voted unanimously for an annual "Spirit of '45 Day"  to preserve and honor the legacy of the men and women of the WWII generation. This year, America's governors are issuing proclamations expressing their support for a nationwide WWII 70th Anniversary Commemoration.
 
 
 
   
Spirit of '45 Highlights
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!
 
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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
Ernest Borgnine
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!"
 
Jerry Coleman
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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2015 Conference Program 

 2015 Planning Guide 1.0

Arsenal of Democracy Video

WWII in Images
 
 
REMEMBERING THE TIMES SQUARE NURSE

August 14, 1945 Radio Broadcasts

President Truman announces end of WWII

Times Square celebrations
Command Performance
Norman Corwin