News :: A New Veterans Day Tradition

June 24, 2010
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The KEEP THE SPIRIT OF ’45 ALIVE family lost a dear friend and devoted advocate when Edith Shain, the nurse from the iconic “Times Square Kiss” photograph passed away on June 20, 2010 at the age of 91.

Edith was a devoted spokesperson for KEEP THE SPIRIT OF ’45 ALIVE. She always gently deflected the admiration and attention that inevitably came her way, reminding audiences that her famous moment was a symbol of a greater story.
She was a representative of a generation that came together in America’s time of need, and in doing so, not only won a war, but set an example of service and national unity that continues to inspire us today.

And, befitting someone whose moment in the spotlight was shared by a serviceman, she always made a point of reminding us that the true sacrifices had been made by our men and women in uniform and their families.

We are proud to have known and worked with Edith, and to have been inspired by her energy, warmth and devotion. We offer our condolences to Edith’s surviving family and friends, and we pledge to carry on the cause that she so passionately championed, to keep her spirit - and the Spirit of ’45 - alive forever.


Anyone who has seen the photo of me being kissed in Times Square on August 14, 1945, knows where I was on the day World War II ended!

That was nearly 65 years ago, but I still remember how our whole country rejoiced at the news that there would be peace! Whether serving in uniform or supporting our boys on the home front, all of our lives were forever changed on that day.
The people of our generation learned that we could overcome any challenge if we work together as a community. It is my hope that our example can help inspire a renewed spirit of service and national unity in America, especially among our youth.

Please take the time to write down your memories of that historic day and send them in so that they can be a part of our national heritage. I hope you will also join us in participating in or planning activities in your community on August 14 to mark the 65th Anniversary of the end of the War.

Thank you for keeping the Spirit of ‘45 alive!

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