National Spirit of ’45 Day
National Spirit of ’45 Day:
Observed on the second weekend of August, and this coincides with the anniversary of August 14, 1945, when President Truman declared that the end of WWII had been achieved.
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Why National Spirit Of ’45 Day?
The National Spirit of ’45 Day celebrates the positive attitude and determination of those affected by the hardships and trials of World War II. Every August 14, communities across the country host events and memorials. Each memorial honors those who have helped preserve our country for future generations.
Ideally, the Day sets out to show the Greatest Generation. We have a lot of iconic images that we carry with us throughout the years, and they only tell part of the story. Spirit of ’45 Day encourages us to examine history. Listen to the stories. Participate and preserve the memories of those who lived it.
Servicemen and women all over the globe took on the responsibility of the Pacific, Europe and Africa. Women and men provided food, labor, and parts for the war effort at home. Everybody did their part. The youngest took over farm work and home duties. Often, supplies of specific items were limited – rubber for tires and leather for shoes, for instance. Gas, too. It was not unusual to ration.
Encourage public participation in Spirit Day ’45 Day. This annual national Day honoring America’s “Greatest Generation” was unanimously passed by Congress in 2010.
Spirit of ’45 Day falls on the second weekend of August and coincides with August 14, 1945.
This was the day that President Truman declared the end of the most destructive war in human history. Immediately, celebrations broke out all over the globe.
How Can We observe National Spirit of ‘45 Days?
Even though it has been 75 years since the end of World War II, there are still many lessons to be learned. Some of these lessons can still be learned today. You can register for and find the Spirit of ’45 Day events at The Spirit of 45 Organization. They also share past Spirit Of ’45 events to preserve the Spirit, honor, preservation, and inspiration.
- Interview one of the Greatest Generation members.
- Visit the National World War II Museum in New Orleans to dive into the past and discover the hidden stories.
- Find out more about Betty Wason and the contributions of USO.
- Spirit of ’45 is asking you to help create a wall of honor.
- Use #NationalSpiritof45Day and #Spiritof45Day to share your thoughts on social media.
Interesting facts about National Spirit of ’45 Day:
The annual Spirit of 45 celebrations celebrating the end of World War II will be on August 11. It will be at Gaston Memorial Park’s Veterans Monument Wall, 2205 Williamsburg Drive in Gastonia. The program will end at 7 p.m., with the playing “Taps.”
This event is sponsored by Gaston Memorial Park, Carothers Funeral Home and Gaston County Veterans Council. It honors the members of the “Greatest Generation”, who served and sacrificed to ensure the freedoms that Americans enjoy today.
Congress passed a joint resolution in 2010 to commemorate the 65th anniversary of President Harry S. Truman’s announcement that World War II was over. This event will be held on Sunday, August 2. The First Day of observance was on August 14th, 2010.
It is important to remember the “Greatest Generation” impact as very few of these heroes are still around today.
History of National Spirit Of ’45 Day:
A project that paired seniors with children was started in 1996, and it documented their wartime memories. The project was started by Warren Hegg and Spirit of ’45 Organization, and they soon realized that many people had a similar story.
Ernest Borgnine* and Edith Shain* spoke out in 2009 about a day to honor the World War II generation. One year later, Congress passed a joint resolution to commemorate the 65th anniversary of President Truman’s announcement of the end of World War II. Spirit of ’45 Day was adopted unanimously by Congress in 2010, and it honors America’s “Greatest Generation”.
*Edith Shain is the woman who claims to have kissed the sailor in the famous Times Square photo.
The National Spirit of ’45 Day commemorates the Greatest Generation. These men and women are also known as the WWII Generation or the G.I Generation. They were able to win World War II despite incredible odds. They not only won the war with innovation and determination but also by their willingness to sacrifice.