Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Madeleine LeBeu with Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens campaign chair Elinor Otto and National Rosie the Riveter Day co-leader Senator Susan Collins

WWII Navy veterans pass the torch to a new generation of young leaders at Spirit of '45 Day event in San Diego

Honor the Legacy of America's Greatest Generation
Spirit of '45 Day 
August 12, 2018
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Spirit of '45 Day is observed on the second weekend in August, coinciding with the anniversary of August 14, 1945.
That was the day President Truman announced that the most destructive war in human history was over and spontaneous celebrations broke out around the world.
Almost immediately America began laying the foundations for a better future for its children and their children's children, for both its friends and allies and former enemies.
In 2015, the members of the Spirit of '45 coalition led an international commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, and are now working with groups that are commemorating the 75th anniversaries of important WWII events that took place from 1941 to 1945.
Join the alliance of organizations and individuals that are working together to preserve and honor the legacy of the men and women of America's WWII generation so that their values and achievements will continue to inspire future generations - especially the youth of our nation.
Help promote public awareness and participation in Spirit of '45 Day, an annual national day honoring America's "Greatest Generation" that was passed unanimously by the U.S. Congress in 2010.
"Remember...and be inspired"
Thanks to Elton John for permission to use his song "Oceans Away" for this video.   HHour Productions 
Rosiettes in San Diego with Rosie the Riveter roses. Rosie's being interviewed during National Rosie the Riveter Day rose planting ceremony in Eugene, OR
Congratulations to all the Spirit of '45 Partners who celebrated National Women's History Month by honoring the legacy of the women who made history on the Home Front during World War II.
Members of the Spirit of '45 Day collaborative are helping promote public awareness about the Rosies and their legacy by creating a national network of rose gardens featuring a new official "Rosie the Riveter Rose."   
Campaign director Linda Laurie with Girl Scout and Rosie.  Rosie Roses 
 The goal of the campaign is to inspire young girls to become 21st Century Rosies by preparing themselves for the high tech economy of the future.
Newly planted Rosie roses at Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, one of  12 Rosie Rose Gardens that Oregon Spirit of '45 is planting in each of the state's Congressional Districts 
Scouts keep the Spirit of '45 alive in America's Veterans Day Parades
 Spirit of '45 Day 2017 celebrated across America
Battle of the Bulge vet Luke Gasparre swings with the Spirit of '45
 Bandstand stars Laura Osnes and Corey Cott with Elinor Otto and Luke Gasparre
Girl Scouts organize Spirit of '45 Day ceremony at National WWII Memorial
 Girls Scouts with Spirit of '45 Day spokesman Capt. Jerry Yellin 
8th Annual Sprit of '45 Day Event in League City TX 
Honor the
Gold Stars of WWII
Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019
Holding high our heroes on Memorial Day
Thanks to UHaul International for sponsoring the Spirit of '45 Memorial Day Float 
April 18, 1941 - 2017 
Spirit of '45 calls for "National Day of Courage"
American and Chinese youth hold joint wreath laying ceremony at Air Force Memorial featuring Wall of Honor composed of individual photos of Doolittle Raiders.  Walls were displayed at museums and other locations around the country to begin a grassroots campaign to make April 18 an annual National Day of Courage.
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Attack on Pearl Harbor
December 7, 1941 - December 7, 2016 
 Wall of photos of those who lost their lives during the December 7, 1941 attacks displayed at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, HI before being displayed at Pearl Harbor.  The Wall were also displayed in Washington, DC and on the USS Midway in San Diego. 
Formation of the Tuskegee Airmen
March 22, 1941 - March 22, 2018 
Tuskegee Airman Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. and legendary TV producer Norman Lear together for 2015 New York City Veterans Day Parade.
 2016 congratulatory message from FDR's grand daughter Anne Roosevelt
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Spirit of '45 entry in America's Parade in LA on Veterans Day honoring Charles Durning and other Hollywood stars who served in World War II.  Spirit of '45 youth entries marched in parades in New York, San Diego, Silicon Valley and other cities this year.  
Four Freedoms Speech
January 6, 1941 - January 6, 2016 
 FDR's grand daughter Anne Roosevelt
Tom Brokaw and Ambassador William venden Heuval at Four Freedoms Park Conservancy annual Spring Garden Party 

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