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Celebrate America's Spirit!
In 2010, both houses of Congress voted unanimously for a national "Spirit of '45 Day" to honor the legacy of the men and women of the WWII generation.
Spirit of '45 Day is now being observed each year in hundreds of communities and during Major League Baseball games on the second Sunday in August.
 
The Spirit of '45 Express is coming!
 
 
 Students at Rocky Run Middle School give Auston and Bonnie O'Neill a rousing send off as they begin their 2 - year tour of America, building public awareness and participation in the events and activities that are being planned to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII in 2015.
 
Spirit of '45 Day National Leaders Conference
 
Emmy winning star of "The Waltons," Michael Learned attended this year's Conference and is helping to keep the Spirit of '45 alive in America.  Michael's father served in the Army in Europe during WWII.  
 
Courtesy Jeff Malet Photography 
 
Jerry Coleman (center) with San Diego Spirit of '45 Day supporters (right to left) Dave Smith, president, San Diego Honor Flight, Jack Harkins, chairman, San Diego United Veterans Council, Nathan Fletcher, director of development, Qualcomm, and Greg Cox, chairman, San Diego County Board of Supervisors.   Jerry and his colleagues were "present at the creation" of the campaign to establish Spirit of '45 Day which was announced in January 2010 on the USS Midway (background).  Jerry was the only Major League Baseball player to see combat during both WWII and the Korean War, flying 120 missions as a Marine pilot, earning two Distinguished Flying Crosses. More...
 
Countdown to 70th anniversary of the end  
of WWII begins with announcement of nationwide flyover in August 2015
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Spirit of '45 Day Spokespersons in Action!
 Elinor Otto, at 93 still working as a Rosie!
 
 
 
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad presents national spokesman Jerry Yellin with Spirit of '45 Day proclamation which was hand delivered by the son of Jerry's wingman Leo Evans during the opening ceremony at the Battleship USS Iowa on August 10. More...
  
 
National spokesman Jerry Yellin speaking at Air Force Association Convention September 17, 2013   
 
America celebrates the 68th anniversary of the
Greatest Generation's Greatest Day!
 
The Battleship USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii  displays the flags of America's allies and the countries they liberated in 1945.   The final peace treaty was signed aboard the Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.   More..
 
WWII War Bride Joy Beebe (left), daughter Barbara Jensen and WWII veterans Leonard DeWitt and Gen (ret) John Thayer look on as Governor John Kitzhaber signs legislation making Spirit of '45 Day an annual day of remembrance.
    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.
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This year's nationwide "Tribute to the Legacy of Service of America's Greatest Generation" honored the memory of US Senators Dan K. Inouye and Frank Lautenberg and several other WWII veterans who passed away during the past year, including Spirit of '45 Day national spokesmen Navajo Code Talker Al Smith and Iwo Jima Veteran Skip Adams.  More...
 

 
Download the Spirit of '45 Day Planning Guide here!
2013 Conference Program
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