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 "Remember ... and be inspired."
Spirit of '45 is an 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 achievements and values will continue to inspire future generations - especially the youth of our nation.   
Our mission is to 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.  
Spirit of '45 Day is observed on the second weekend in August, coinciding with the anniversary of August 14, 1945 - the day that spontaneous celebrations broke out around the world at the news that the most destructive war in human history was over and America immediately 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. 
Communities commemorate Doolittle Tokyo Raid
75th Anniversary with Spirit of '45 "Wall of Honor"
Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary 
 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.  Replicas of the Wall were also displayed in Washington, DC and on the USS Midway in San Diego. Learn more.
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.  Learn more
Spirit of '45 Day Message
Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr.
March 9, 1922 - July 4, 2016
This year marks the beginning of a series of 75th anniversaries of important events that took place during World War II. 
Hundreds of volunteers participated in this year's March of Heroes which features a  float provided by U-Haul International 
AFA Chairman Scott Van Cleef and Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James present the 2015 Hoyt Vandenberg Award to the Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive coalition during the opening session of the Air Force Association's national convention.  Receiving the award on behalf of the coalition was Spirit of '45 Day spokesman Jerry Yellin,  senior advisor Andrew McKenna and Warren C. Hegg, national supervisor, Cole Kleitsch, and USAF Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh III.  Previous recipients include Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, Jacqueline Cochran and E. Ross Perot. (Photo by  Brittany Gray) More...
Help us build the USAF Wall of Honor 
 Spirit of '45 is inviting families and communities to submit military service photos of the 2.5 million who served in the Army Air Corps and the WASPs during WWII so that they can be included in a giant Wall of Honor that will be displayed in front of the National Air Force Memorial in September 2017 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the formation of the United States Air Force.  More...

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