KEEP THE SPIRIT OF ’45 ALIVE! is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of organizations and individual dedicated to preserving the legacy of the men and women of the Greatest Generation by so that their example of personal courage, shared sacrifice, “can-do” attitude and service to community can inspire Americans to come together to meet historic challenges of our era.
In 2010, the coalition led the campaign that resulted in the United States Congress voting unanimously for a national "Spirit of '45 Day" to be observed on the second Sunday in every August, coinciding with the anniversary of August 14, 1945, the day President Truman announced the end of World War II. More...
Spirit of '45 Day recognizes the achievements and positive values the men and women who were the 'ordinary heroes' of the generation that endured the difficult times of the Great Depression, fought and won World War II, and then participated in an unprecedented effort to rebuild the world by laying the foundations for a better future for their children and their children's children, for friend and former enemy alike.
The coalition's shared mission is to ensure that Spirit of '45 Day continues to gain traction each year throughout America.
Spirit of '45 Day events and activities are now being organized in hundreds of communities around the country each year, including observances during Major League Baseball games in August.
To help build greater public awareness and participation in Spirit of '45 Day each year, youth volunteers march with enlarged photos of the members of the Greatest Generation in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC in May and in Veterans Day parades in New York, Indianapolis, Dallas, San Diego, San Jose, Portland and other cities in November.
The coalition also collaborates on ongoing community engagement programs like the WWII Wall of Honor Project and the Times Square Kiss Project that invite families and friends of members of the Greatest Generation to share their photos and stories so that they can become part of a permanent national archive.
In 2015, all of America's governors issued state proclamations in support of the Spirit of '45 World War II 70th Anniversary Commemoration, which began with a mass "Kiss In" in Times Square and concluded with an around the world Tribute that included wreath laying ceremonies at the WWII American WWII cemeteries in Asia and Europe and veterans cemeteries from the East Coast to Hawaii. Learn more...
The members of the Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive coalition are now working together to ensure that Spirit of '45 Day continues to gain traction each year throughout America by collaborating with organizations and individuals that will be commemorating the 75th anniversaries of important WWII events during 2016 - 2020.
Click here for archives of Spirit of '45 Day events and activities 2010 - 2012
Click here for a description of 2012 Spirit of '45 Day
Click here for a description of 2011 Spirit of '45 Day
Click here to see the 2010 kick off celebration in Times Square. For more media coverage of Spirit of '45 Day, click here.
Spirit of '45 Day Express Travels 10,000 Miles Across 30 States in 5 Weeks!
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Hundreds of Youth Participate in Spirit of '45 "Memorial Day of Service"
2012 National Leaders Conference
Click here to see a clip of the Closing Ceremonies in front of the famous Seward Johnson sculpture depicting the "kiss seen round the world." read more