News :: Hollywood Legends Champion SPIRIT OF ’45 DAY

August 7, 2010

Hollywood Legends Rally One More Time to Support WWII Vets

“Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive” honors Greatest Generation

HOLLYWOOD, August 10, 2010 - Hollywood legends such as Carol Channing, Rhonda Fleming, Margaret O’Brien and Ernest Borgnine are rallying in support of Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive! a grassroots campaign to honor the members of the Greatest Generation.

Ms. Fleming will entertain the troops one more time as she visits World War II veterans at the California Veterans Home in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 14, the 65th anniversary of the day the war ended and the peace began. This will be one of hundreds of events around the country Saturday, starting in Times Square where hundreds of people will reenact the historic kiss between an unknown sailor and nurse Edith Shain who was active with Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive! before her death in June.

Other celebrities are supporting the efforts of Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive! which has persuaded the U.S. Congress to enact a concurrent resolution calling for creation of a permanent Spirit of ’45 day on the second Sunday of August. Their comments include:

RHONDA FLEMING: “Having had the tremendous opportunity during World War II of touring, entertaining and visiting with our troops in the United States and abroad who served our great country, it gives me immense pleasure and heartfelt gratitude to know that on the 65th Anniversary of the end of the war they will be forever remembered for their sacrifice and commitment to America and to the American people with a national day of remembrance. I’m honored to pay tribute to their legacy and I salute the men and women who have served and continue to serve our great country in keeping the Spirit of ‘45 alive. May God bless our United States of America!

CAROL CHANNING: “My dear husband, Harry, and many others like him went to war so that their children could have liberty to study math, philosophy, geography, science, architecture, commerce and agriculture in order that future generations could study painting, poetry, dance, and music that could then enhance the knowledge their fathers had previously gained. Armed with these tools, they can reach beyond even their grandfathers’ dreams for them. The veterans of WWII achieved the goal of protecting these rights for today’s and future generations and should always be remembered for doing so.”

MARGARET O’BRIEN: “For countless reasons, all of America shall forever be indebted to the services provided by our armed forces and those on the home front during the most turbulent time in history. In memory of their gallant efforts that forever changed our world and our nation, I am working to help with the efforts of securing a national day of emembrance. I wish all of you who served in the Spirit of ‘45 all of God’s blessings. Much love always!”

ERNEST BORGNINE: “I want to send my enthusiastic best wishes to everyone involved with Spirit of ‘45 Day I was proud to have worked with Edith Shain who was on the receiving end of the ‘kiss seen ‘round the world’ at the end of World War II. She was a wonderful lady and worked tirelessly to make sure America remembers the men and women who fought for America in WWII. Thanks for keeping her dream of a national day of remembrance for our generation alive.”

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