"Without youth, there is no history..." WWII veteran
Legendary TV and film producer Norman Lear and Tuskegee Airman Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. represent Spirit of '45
in nation's largest Veteran's Day Parade
America's WWII veterans are rapidly disappearing.
Before long, all of the heroes of our "Greatest Generation" will have passed on into history.
To help ensure that they will forever be honored on Veterans Day, the Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive coalition is starting a new tradition of having youth volunteers march with poster sized photos of WWII veterans from their family and community in their local Veterans Day parade.
The digitized photos are being collected so they can be included in the Spirit of '45 WWII Wall of Honor that will be displayed on the National Mall as part of the 75th Anniversary Commemoration in August 2020.
Boy and Girl Scout troops have been especially active in establishing this new annual Veterans Day tradition, as other youth leadership groups such as Jr. ROTC, Young Marines, and Sea Cadets.
Girl Scouts march in New York City Veterans Day Parade. Photo of Capt. Isaac Kidd, who was killed in action aboard the USS Arizona when it was attacked on December 7, 1941.
The Arnold Air Society/Silver Wings, a network of service clubs that has chapters in universities and colleges throughout the country, voted to make Spirit of '45 their national service project, and are mobilizing to collect the photos of those who served in the Army Air Corps and WASPs during WWII so they can be included in a WWII Airpower Wall of Honor that will be displayed in front of the Air Force Memorial on the 70th Anniversary of the formation of the United States Air Force on September 18. 2017.
Spirit of '45 entires have already become a cornerstone of the WWII section of several major Veterans Day parades in New York, San Diego, Silicon Valley (San Jose), Indianapolis. and is now being introduced in other cities across the country as part of this year's Spirit of '45 70th Anniversary Commemoration.
Several Spirit of '45 partners are helping to support this new tradition by sponsoring Veterans Day entries in their local communities.
If you would like to organize an entry in your area, please contact us at info@Spiritof45.org
Hundreds of youth volunteers, including Boy and Girl Scouts and their family members, march 40 blocks up New York's 5th Avenue to the cheers of the crowds who line the street to see America's largest Veterans Day Parade. A majority of the Scouts in recent years have come from Long Island which sustained heavy damage from Superstorm Sandy in the week prior to the 2012 Parade, including several who were virtually homeless at the time they volunteered to "keep the Spirit of '45 alive."