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Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, chancellor of the University of Richmond and WWII Marine Veteran of the Battle of Okinawa and the Occupation of Japan, just completed the first half of a 6,000 mile coast-to-coast ride, arriving in San Diego on May 3, and began his return journey on Mothers Day (May 10).
Dr. Heilman will join the annual Rolling Thunder rally and will lead the WWII section as a Grand Marshal of the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC on Monday, May 25 More...
Click here for daily updates and a summary of the Chancellor's historic Ride.
Join the Chancellor in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC.
Monday, May 25
Honor a fallen hero of WWII by making a donation to sponsor youth who will march up Constitution Avenue with their photo from the National Archive to the National World War II Memorial where they will place flowers in the Spirit of '45 wreath in front of the Wall of Gold Stars. More...
WWII 70th Anniversary Commemorative Weekend August 14 - 15 - 16
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.
Airpower groups leading way to WWII 70th Anniversary Weekend
Congratulations to the Commemorative Air Force for its outstanding Arsenal of Democracy/WWII Victory Capitol Flyover on May 8. The CAF is mobilizing its members to fly their planes in communities across America on Saturday, August 15 during the Spirit of '45 70th Anniversary Commemorative Weekend.
Thousands of onlookers, including more than 500 World War II veterans, the youngest in their late 80s, showed up on the National Mall, gathered on bridges and rooftops throughout the city to watch dozens of World War II planes flyover to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. A total of 15 formations, including this "escorting the bombers" formation of four P-51 Mustangs, wowed the crowds. The North American Aviation P-51 was the first plane with the range to escort bombers to their target area. (Air Force Magazine photo by Heather Lewis.) (Click on image above to reach wallpaper version.)
Congratulations to the members of the Commemorative Air Force for organizing and participating in the Arsenal of Democracy/WWII Victory Capitol Flyover on May 8!
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"
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...
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