If you know someone who can remember what it was like on the day America and the world learned that World War II had ended, please help them share their memories so that they can be part of a national digital archive.
Be sure to ask your storyteller if they have a portrait photo of themselves from the war years that can accompany their story on the Spirit of ’45 web site. These photos can be used to create Walls of Honor at senior communities and other locations, be part of community museum exhibits, carried in local parades on Veterans Days, and brought out to be part of annual Spirit of ’45 Day events and observations every year as part of America’s permanent memory.
Our goal is to archive thousands of these first-hand memories so that they can be preserved and shared with future generations, to educate and inspire America by reminding us of a time when our country was truly united and committed to build a better future.
Read a sample story.
Currently senior communities across the country are holding community workshops to chronicle the memories of where their seniors were on August 14, 1945, the day WWII ended. Last year, both Congress and the Senate passed a resolution (HR 226) in support of Spirit of ’45 Day, when these stories are shared.” Spirit of ’45 Day is observed every year on the second Sunday in August.
See videos produced by youth and WWII veterans as part of the award winning Stories of Service program of the Digital Clubhouse Network (click here).
See story in the Santa Clara Weekly.