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August 18, 2011

20. Traveler’s Rest Historical Society, Traveler’s Rest, SC

A capacity crowd gathered at City Hall in Travelers Rest, SC, for a “Spirit of ‘45 Day" event organized by the T.R. Historical Society. Mayor Wayne McCall spoke movingly of the WWII service of his father and read a proclamation proclaiming the second Sunday in every August "Spirit of '45 Day" in Travelers Rest, SC.
Stephenville Mayor Nancy Hunter presents a Spirit of '45 Day proclamation to Don Douglas of the American Legion

The T.R. Historical Society event generated some excellent local publicity  http://www.trtribune.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2533:tr-spirit-of-45-celebration-commemorates-the-end-of-wwii&catid=42:rokstories&Itemid=219 Photos from the Day can be viewed here:  http://thetravelersresttribune.zenfolio.com/p17286043

The Friends of the 4th of July Motorcycle Club of Laverne, CA, in conjunction with several other organizations honored 45 World War II veterans with American Flags during a Spirit of ’45 Day program at the Hillcrest Retirement organized by the Laverne Chamber of Commerce.  (View the 10 minute video of the programhttp://youtu.be/BJKXGdma82w).Stephenville, TX

Mayor Nancy Hunter proclaimed Spirit of ’45 Day in Stephenville, ”We should never forget the sacrifices that were made so that we are able to be free and live in the greatest country in the world,” Hunter said.  There were 2,076 Erath County residents who served in the second world war - 104 of which gave the ultimate sacrifice and died in the battle. Hunter praised the “courage, dedication, self-sacrifice and compassion of the ordinary heroes” of the World War II generation.  ”The entire World War II generation, military and civilian alike, has provided a model of national unity and community that will continue to serve as a source of inspiration for current and future generations of Americans to come together to work for the continued prosperity of the United States and world,” Hunter said.

21. National Electronics Museum, Lithieum, MD

Volunteer John McCarty talks about the SCR-270 radar used at Pearl Harbor during a Spirit of '45 Day Tour of the National Electronics Museum in Lithieum, MD. The mission of the Museum promotes and encourages the study of science and engineering using America's electronic heritage to educate and inspire students and the general public. www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org

22. Vintage Flying Museum, Ft. Worth, TX

Claude Platte, one of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, attended a Spirit of '45 Day event at the Vintage Flying Museum in Fort Worth, TX organized by Vitas Innovative Hospice. As the crowd thinned, one gentleman on a scooter approached the three Tuskegee Airmen and held out his hand and said, "There's my Angels. You folks saved my butt many times and I'm alive because of you." www.vintageflyingmuseum.org Tuskegee Airmen enjoy Spirit of '45 Day event held at the Ft. Worth, TX Vintage Flying Museum.

23. Tuskegee Airmen National Convention, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Roscoe Brown received a National Leaders Medal during the Tuskegee Airman National Convention held in Washington, DC in early August. Vitas Veterans Liaison Larry Robert attended the convention. Larry has organized more than 20 Spirit of '45 community events in the Atlanta, Georgia area during the past two years. Dr. Brown produced a public service announcement for Spirit of '45 and never misses an opportunity to promote awareness and participation in this nationwide effort to honor all of the members of his remarkable generation. You can see the PSA at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF4iuuTC0hE&feature=player_embedded Warren Hegg introduced Long Beach City Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske during the first Spirit of '45 national symposium held on the historic Queen Mary on August 14, 2008. Gerrie made good on her promise to Edith to do everything she could to support an annual day of remembrance for the men and women of America's 'greatest generation'

24. District 5 City Council District, Long Beach, CA

For more coverage of the Long Beach event, including some great photos,
visit http://www.lbreport.com/news/aug11/vjday.htm, http://www.signaltribunenewspaper.com/archives/11352

President Roosevelt (actor Peter Small) with dog Fala showed up for the Long Beach Spirit of '45 Day event held at the El Dorado Senior Center organized by Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske's office. Refreshments were provided by with Vitas Innovative Hospice. Forest Lawn Memorial Parks provided a wreath for a ceremony at the WWII Memorial in the Rosie the Riveter Park. Photo by Diana Lejins

25. Hillcrest Community Center, Laverne, CA

Vietnam veterans presented American flags to 45 men and women who served in WWII during a Spirit of '45 ceremony in La Verne, CA. The veterans also received certificates from the City, the Chamber of Commerce and the VFW thanking them for their service. A special 8 x 5 ft flag that was flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. on July 4th was presented to Hillcrest during the ceremony which was led by La Verne Mayor Don Kendrick. La Verne was named one of the 10 Best Towns to live in by Family Circle Magazine in 2010. Members of the American Flags Flying motorcycle riders association, kicked off the program by driving through the town with a police escort.
WWII veteran Carl Haskine attended the La Verne Spirit of '45 Day ceremony in his Marine Corps uniform.  

View the video of the program http://youtu.be/BJKXGdma82w.

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