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  2017 Spirit of '45 Day Weekend kicks off with Swing Dance Tribute to Greatest Generation at Historic New Yorker Hotel
    
 
Spirit of '45 Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the music and dancing that inspired the heart and soul of the young men and women of America's Greatest Generation - before, during and after WWII.
 
 
To help get America "In the Mood," swing dancers in '40's attire will fill the ballroom of the historic New Yorker Hotel on the evening of Saturday, August 12, from 8:00 to 12:00.  (Click on image for PDF version)
 
 
The "Tribute to America's Greatest Generation" is co-hosted by the George Gee Swing Orchestra - one of America's top Big Bands that has been performing for more than three decades.  
 
George is the proud son of a WWII Navy veteran who shared his love of big band music with his son, a tradition that George continues through his popular performances. 
 
 
 
 
 George Gee with his Swing Orchestra.  Spirit of '45 Day Ambassadors Theresa Werner and James Martin re-enact the famous Times Square Kiss in the lobby of the New Yorker Hotel
  
 
Join us as we officially begin the countdown to the global commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII that is planned for August 2020. 
 
 
General $45  
VIP $75
VIP ticket includes early admission to Heroes Reception, special dance seating,
WWII 75th Anniversary Commemorative gifts
(T-shirt, campaign buttons, and lapel pin) 
and access to VIP lounge
 
 
 
Special Spirit of '45 room rates available.  
Book your room NOW! 
 
Highlights of this once-in-a-lifetime event include:
  • A pre-event Reception for WWII Heroes (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM) honoring New York area veterans of the Normandy Invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Okinawathe liberation of Dachau, the China Burma India theater of the war, and other campaigns, whose photos will be displayed in a Spirit of '45 Wall of Honor that is being created in time for the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in August 2020.  
   
 Lt. Phil Schlamberg, 19, Brooklyn, NY, was the last man to die in combat in WWII on August 14, 1945. His name is inscribed on the wall of the Brooklyn WWII Memorial,
  
  

  • Take your photo with acclaimed artist Seward Johnson's sculptures depicting the "Times Square Kiss" and the "Rosie the Riveter" pose, that will be on display throughout the evening.
 
 
 
About the New Yorker Hotel
 
The New Yorker Hotel will be celebrating its own rich WWII heritage which is is carefully preserving as part of its multimillion dollar renovation, making it the ideal location for this Spirit of '45 Day signature event.  
 
 
 GI's and their dates dance in the New Yorker Hotel Ballroom, summer 1942
 
 
The Hotel is located in New York's famous Garment District, just minutes from the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden, and across the street from Penn Station where thousands of GI's passed through during WWII.
 
     
 Photos taken in New York's Penn Station by Alfred Eisenstadt, who took the iconic photo of the sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square on August 14, 1945, the day WWII ended.
 
 
 Grab your partner and get "In The Mood!"
 
Many participating groups around the country are organizing similar Spirit of '45 Day events and activities featuring Big Band music, swing dancing and WWII re-enactors dressed up in uniform and vintage '40's style Home Front attire. 
 
Swing dance groups "everywhere in the world" are encouraged to dress up in uniform and vintage '40's Home Front attire and dance the routine in front of a landmark in their local area.
 
Please upload a video of your performance to YouTube and other social media sites using the InTheMood tag and #InTheMoodRoutine hashtag. 
 
 
You can register your group's Spirit of '45 Day event by posting it on the locator map to help raise awareness and hopefully draw an even bigger crowd!
 
   
 
Check out this events guide for lots of great ideas for making your Spirit of '45 Day a big success!
 
Click here for examples of signage, flyers, rack cards and much more!