Jay Morford, president of Hawaiian Memorial Life Plan, and members of the American Legion Riders of Hawaii Chapter 17 and Bugles Across America joined Dr. E. Bruce Heilman at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on Monday, March 23, to announce international wreath laying ceremonies that will conclude this year's WWII 70th Anniversary Weekend on August 16, 2015. Click here for more photos...
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 assure a better future for their children and their children's children.
- "Rosie the Riveter" rallies announced during Women's History Month (March)
- Wreath laying to honor FDR and Four Freedoms (April)
- WWII veteran making 6,000 mile Memorial Day motorcycle ride (May)
- Youth honor WWII Gold Stars in National Memorial Day Parade
- Communities planning WWII 70th Anniversary events in August
Music and lyrics by Elton John and Bernie Taupin Performed by Elton John. Courtesy of Capitol Music Group, under license from Universal Music Enterprises.
"America's Longest Working Rosie the Riveter"
to announce national "Rally of the Rosie's" during National Women's History Month at Aging in America national convention in Chicago, March 25
Elinor Otto, who began building airplanes in 1942, retired at age 95 in November 2014. She is now a Spirit of '45 national spokesperson helping promote public awareness about the role women played during WWII.
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!
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...