KEEP THE SPIRIT OF ’45 ALIVE! is a non-profit, non-partisan initiative to preserve the legacy of the men and women of the Greatest Generation so that their example of courage, self-sacrifice, “can-do” attitude and commitment to community can help inspire a renewal of national unity in America at a time when our country once again must come together to meet historic challenges.
In 2010, the United States Congress unanimously agreed that a national "Spirit of '45 Day" be observed on the second Sunday in every August, coinciding with the anniversary of August 14, 1945, the day President Truman announced the end of World War II. More...
Our 2012 Spirit of '45 campaign theme is "Honor the Unsung Heroes of WWII," in an effort to recognize the men and women who were the 'ordinary heroes' of the generation that endured the difficult times of the Great Depression, fought and won World War II, and then participated in an unprecedented effort to rebuild the world by laying the foundations for a better future for their children and their children's children, for friend and former enemy alike.
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Click here for a description of 2011 Spirit of '45 Day
Click here to see the 2010 kick off celebration in Times Square. For more media coverage of Spirit of '45 Day, click here.
Spirit of '45 Day Express Travels 10,000 Miles Across 30 States in 5 Weeks!
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Hundreds of Youth Participate in Spirit of '45 "Memorial Day of Service"
2012 National Leaders Conference
Click here to see a clip of the Closing Ceremonies in front of the famous Seward Johnson sculpture depicting the "kiss seen round the world." read more