We are inviting the public to submit photos of WWII veterans from their community so they can be included in a "Wall of Honor" that is displayed each year in August during the annual "Tribute to the Greatest Generation.” at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.
All photos submitted to the “Wall of Honor” project will automatically become part of the digital archive that "Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive!" is creating for the families of the 16.5 million Americans who served in uniform during WWII in time for the 70th anniversary of the end of the war in August 2015.
Send your photos to us at info@Spiritof45.org. Be sure to include the veteran's full name and hometown with zip code.
The "Wall of Honor" is more than 150 feet in length with new sections being added each year. Preference is being given to veterans who have passed away during the intervening 12 months. The "Wall" includes photos of US presidents John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush, and all 464 WWII Medal of Honor recipients, Hollywood legends Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine and Kirk Douglas, Major League Baseball standouts Jackie Robinson, Jerry Coleman, Bob Feller, Hank Greenberg, and Yogi Berra.
This year the photos of Senator Dan Inouye (Hawaii), Senator Frank Lautenberg (New Jersey), and former Presidential candidate and Senator George McGovern will be added to the "Wall." Inouye and Lautenberg were the last two WWII veterans serving in Congress and co-sponsored Spirit of '45 Day with Senator Susan Collins, which passed unanimously in August 2010. Inouye received the Medal of Honor for bravery as a member of the legendary all Japanese American 442nd Battalion. McGovern flew 35 missions over Europe in a B24 during the war, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Build your own Wall of Honor for your state, city or community!
Once photos are archived, they can be used to make community "Wall of Honor" banners that can be displayed on Spirit of '45 Day.
For more information on how you can create you own Wall of Honor banner, contact Juan at Prisma Banners.
Click here to see how your photos can be made into posters that can be carried in Spirit of '45 Day entries in your local Veterans Day Parade and honored at other community events.
USS Iowa volunteers hold the middle section of National Wall of Honor banner during a news conference on President's Day 2013. The full 200 ft version will be displayed during the Iowa's Spirit of '45 Day event on Saturday, August 10, that will celebrate the WWII history and heritage of the ship and the Greater Los Angeles area. WWII veterans and their families are being invited to submit their service photos so they can be included in their Wall that Fold3.com is creating and the national Wall that will be displayed each year at the National WWII Memorial and the Iowa each year. The Iowa Spirit of '45 Day event kick off a fund raising campaign to cover the costs of making the ship wheelchair accessible.
San Jose's History Park's "Wall of Honor " displays 6 ft photos of local area WWII veterans from the San Francisco Bay Area. The Park's Wall will ultimately include more than 700 ft of photos, that will be displayed each year during the month of August and on Veterans Day in November. (R "Lost Battalion" survivor and Spirit of '45 Day spokesman Al Tortolano, who served with the Texas 36th during the invasion of Italy. See Al's Story of Service.
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