Keep the Spirit of '45 ALIVE!

Keep the Spirit of '45 ALIVE! Join our campaign to honor the legacy of the World War II generation by observing National Spirit of '45 Day on the second Sunday of every August -- National Spirit of '45 Day is observed on Sunday, August 12 this year.

"Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive" is a national nonprofit grassroots campaign to promote the observance of National Spirit of '45 Day. The purpose of National Spirit of '45 Day is to honor the legacy of the World War generation by restoring a their spirit of community, can-do attitude, willingness to sacrifice for others, and a sense of national unity. National Spirit of '45 Day is observed each year on the second Sunday of August, coinciding with August 14, 1945, the day President Harry S. Truman announced that World War II had ended. It was the day when the men and women who had endured the difficult times of the Great Depression and fought for freedom and democracy against the forces of tyranny in the most destructive war in history, took up the task of rebuilding the world in an unprecedented effort to assure a better future for their children and their children's children, for former friend and ally and foe alike. As we continue the campaign, it's up to every individual, of every generation, to make sure that the legacy is not forgotten even after those of WWII leave us by helping to establish a tradition every August for reminding us all of the better qualities of what it means to be an America, including our deep commitment to volunteer service to our communities and our responsibilities to assure a warm welcome when those who serve our country in uniform return home.

2012 National Spirit of '45 Day will be observed on Sunday, August 12. Each year, to begin the countdown to National Spirit of '45 in August, organizations and individuals who have organized or participated in Spirit of '45 Day events and activities come together in sunny San Diego to share experience and ideas for assuring that National Spirit of '45 Day continues to gain traction in America. Spirit of '45 Leadership Conference in February 2012 in beautiful San Diego. Keep returning to this page for updates and to post your Spirit of '45 Events, and go to www.Spiritof45.org for additional information. You can do your part to keep the Spirit of '45 alive by

- Calling on your elected officials at the federal, state and local levels to issue proclamations each year supporting the observance of National Spirit of '45 Day in your community.

- Organizing or supporting Spirit of '45 commemorative events and activities in your community. You can register your event/activity and see what others are planning in your area, by visiting the EVENTS section of the Spirit of '45 web site. A free Toolkit with lots of ideas and templates for planning a Spirit of '45 Day event can be downloaded for free from the web site.

- Participate in ongoing interactive Spirit of '45 community history projects by helping WWII era seniors document their first hand memories of August 14, 1945 and archive their wartime portrait photos so they will always be remembered as the youthful and vibrant men and women they were on the day when war ended and they could begin their lives anew, starting families, creating business, going to school on the G.I. Bill, and establishing an ethic of service to community that remains the gold standard today. For more information, visit our website at www.spiritof45.org. JOIN THE CAMPAIGN AND START SPREADING THE SPIRIT IN YOUR COMMUNITY TODAY!

Operating as usual

05/12/2021

Informal Virtual Chat with Ranger Betty Reid Soskin

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Pacific (the length of the virtual chat is determined on how Betty is feeling)

Reservations are not required. Participants will be admitted until capacity is reached.

For More Information: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?id=9C3126E5-D2B4-99DC-C409BE7E44441569

News Release: https://www.nps.gov/rori/learn/news/national-park-service-announces-launch-of-virtual-hangout-with-ranger-betty-reid-soskin.htm

05/10/2021

We are THRILLED to announce that our latest documentary "A Rendezvous With Destiny" will have its OFFICIAL WORLD PREMIERE May 29th at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio!

ALL the honor goes to our heroes of the film, WWII Veterans Dan McBride, Jim "Pee Wee" Martin, and Dick Klein. We owe you everything and would not be here today without your immense bravery and courage.

Thank you to our amazing production team at Beyond The Call who have spent well over a year on this film. We are so proud to finally share it with you all!

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW. LIMITED SEATING!
https://my.nationalvmm.org/memorialday/rwd

Directed by Tracie Hunter
Executive Producers Elizabeth Suter Ashley Andrews
Editor Nick Martinolich
Poster Design Sukhdeep Singh Kalsi
Based on the Book By LTC Jos Groen Three of the Last WWII Screaming Eagles

On Sunday Tomorrow April 11th 2021, Join Us! #spiritof45 #rosietheriveter #wecandoit #wedidit #rosiegold #rosie
04/10/2021
Let's Celebrate Rosie Gold!

On Sunday Tomorrow April 11th 2021, Join Us! #spiritof45 #rosietheriveter #wecandoit #wedidit #rosiegold #rosie

Join the Trust this Sunday to Celebrate Rosie Gold! We are thrilled that US Representative Jackie Speier will be on hand to speak about her efforts to have all Rosies recognized for their contribution to winning WWII with a Congressional Gold Medal of Honor. Also joining her will be Rosie the Rivete...

04/04/2021
03/26/2021

We can't let the day end without giving a special "Happy 99th Birthday!" to Tulsa Rosie, Marina Metevelis!

Thank you to Linda LHanna and Tammy Brumley for the reminder!

🌹 🇺🇸 💪🏽 💪🏻 💪🏿 💪 💪🏾 💪🏼 🇺🇸 🌹
#wecandoit #rosietheriveter #rosieforever

Photos from WW2 USO Preservation Association's post
03/21/2021

Photos from WW2 USO Preservation Association's post

Photos from Honor Flight San Diego's post
03/21/2021

Photos from Honor Flight San Diego's post

03/21/2021
rosiememorialgardens.org

🌹It's National Rosie The Riveter Day 🌹 What better way to honor our Rosies than to plant a garden. Please check out our sitebon the link below 👇 Now's the time to order your rosies and plant your own Rosie the Riveter Garden. 🌹💪🇺🇸

03/21/2021

In honor of National Rosie the Riveter Day 2021 I commissioned Michelle Hunt to create a piece inspired by Mar Krier. I hope I see your Rosie spirit tribute on Sunday!!

💪🌹🇺🇸 Its coming.... March 21, 2021  #wecandoit #rosietheriveter #Rosie
03/07/2021

💪🌹🇺🇸 Its coming.... March 21, 2021 #wecandoit #rosietheriveter #Rosie

💪🌹🇺🇸 Its coming.... March 21, 2021 #wecandoit #rosietheriveter #Rosie

02/24/2021

Message from Mae:
Good morning to my family, friends and all those who helped me get our Rosie bandanas and face mask into space. I still can't believe this happened. I thought that getting Rosie the Congressional Gold Medal would make us go down in history, but this is the icing on the cake. I know that they were planning some sort of surprise for me yesterday cuz they made sure that I stayed with the program until it was completely over. As Deb said, Mae is over the moon and I am. I can't begin to thank all of you cuz you supported me ever inch of the way. You can't do these things alone and all of you were there for me. I've always loved the space program, never dreaming that some day something I made would be out there in space. I believe it is going to the space station. One of my dreams was to put a Rosie Statue in the WW11 Memorial in Washington and I was told that that is very hard to do. If I can get a face mask into space, I would think getting a Rosie Statue in the WW11 Memorial shouldn't be much more difficult. SO -- I'll be reaching out to all of you again. So Honor Rosie, Boeing and those who can help - Here we come.

Rosie-Roses — Rosie the Riveter Trust
02/09/2021
Rosie-Roses — Rosie the Riveter Trust

Rosie-Roses — Rosie the Riveter Trust

Roses for RosiesThank you for helping us celebrate and honor or Rosie Ambassadors this Valentine’s Day— they can’t wait to see you at the park again soon! Send Roses to our Rosies!

Wreaths Across America (WAA) is proud to announce the start of the 2021 national tour for its Mobile Education Exhibit (...
02/08/2021
Learn about Wreaths Across America's Mission to Remember, Honor and Teach

Wreaths Across America (WAA) is proud to announce the start of the 2021 national tour for its Mobile Education Exhibit (MEE). The MEE will hit the road this month in Maine and head Southwest towards Texas for both private and public scheduled events.

“The goal of the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit is to bring community together and teach patriotism while remembering the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “However, over the last year, in light of the current health crisis, we feel this exhibit has taken on even more meaning by providing the opportunity for people to safely participate in something that is both educational and inspiring, while supporting and giving back to the communities it visits.”

The MEE achieves this goal by bringing the local community, veterans, active-duty military and their families together through interactive exhibits, short films, and shared stories. The exhibit serves as a mobile museum, educating visitors about the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes as well as to serve as an official ‘welcome home’ station for our nation’s Vietnam Veterans.

When the MEE pulls into your area, all veterans, active-duty military, their families, and the local community members are invited and encouraged to visit, take a tour and speak with WAA representatives and volunteers. They can also share more about the national nonprofit, and the work its volunteers do to support our heroes and their communities year-round.

To host the MEE in your community, whether it be for a parade, a school-related or veterans’ organization, or a public or private event, visit https://wreathsacrossamerica.org/mee to make a request.

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad. Help us by sponsoring Veterans....

Each year, millions of Americans come together to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those that serve and their families, and TE...
01/21/2021

Each year, millions of Americans come together to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those that serve and their families, and TEACH the next generation about the value of freedom. This gathering of volunteers and patriots takes place in local and national cemeteries in all 50 states - most recently at more than 2,500 participating locations - as part of National Wreaths Across America Day. Each year, a new theme is chosen to help volunteers and supporters focus their messaging and outreach in their own communities. Today, the national nonprofit announces the theme for 2021 is “Live up to their legacy.”

The inspiration for this year’s theme came from a statement made by United States Army Chief of Staff, General James C. McConville, in an interview with Chris Wallace on ‘Fox News Sunday’ in early November 2020. General McConville was there to speak on behalf of the United States Army and the upcoming opening of The National Museum of the United States Army, which was being honored as the “Power Player of the Week.” In the discussion, he said “We stand on the shoulders of heroes that have gone before us, and really what we strive to do is live up to their legacy.”

In 2020, approximately 1.7 million veterans’ wreaths were placed by volunteers on headstones at 2,557 participating locations around the country in honor of the service and sacrifices made for our freedoms, with each name said out loud. Wreaths Across America volunteers work year-round to ensure military laid to rest are remembered, their families and living veterans are honored, and the next generation is taught about the value of freedom.

This year, National Wreaths Across America Day is Saturday, December 18, 2021. It is always a free event and open to all people (conditions permitting). For more information on how to volunteer locally or sponsor a wreath for a hero, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

To follow stories throughout the year from across the country focused on this theme, please use the hashtag #LiveTheirLegacy2021.

Dani Masterson American Taps Girl #americantapsgirl

Each year, millions of Americans come together to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those that serve and their families, and TEACH the next generation about the value of freedom. This gathering of volunteers and patriots takes place in local and national cemeteries in all 50 states - most recently at more than 2,500 participating locations - as part of National Wreaths Across America Day. Each year, a new theme is chosen to help volunteers and supporters focus their messaging and outreach in their own communities. Today, the national nonprofit announces the theme for 2021 is “Live up to their legacy.”

The inspiration for this year’s theme came from a statement made by United States Army Chief of Staff, General James C. McConville, in an interview with Chris Wallace on ‘Fox News Sunday’ in early November 2020. General McConville was there to speak on behalf of the United States Army and the upcoming opening of The National Museum of the United States Army, which was being honored as the “Power Player of the Week.” In the discussion, he said “We stand on the shoulders of heroes that have gone before us, and really what we strive to do is live up to their legacy.”

In 2020, approximately 1.7 million veterans’ wreaths were placed by volunteers on headstones at 2,557 participating locations around the country in honor of the service and sacrifices made for our freedoms, with each name said out loud. Wreaths Across America volunteers work year-round to ensure military laid to rest are remembered, their families and living veterans are honored, and the next generation is taught about the value of freedom.

This year, National Wreaths Across America Day is Saturday, December 18, 2021. It is always a free event and open to all people (conditions permitting). For more information on how to volunteer locally or sponsor a wreath for a hero, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

To follow stories throughout the year from across the country focused on this theme, please use the hashtag #LiveTheirLegacy2021.

Dani Masterson American Taps Girl #americantapsgirl

01/15/2021

To commemorate #NationalHatDay, we feature the uniforms of each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. At Arlington National Cemetery, every uniformed service member or veteran of the armed forces is eligible for military funeral honors, which are provided by the decedent’s branch of service. Thank you to our heroes laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery and to the service members who conduct their time-honored, dignified services.

U.S. Army Military District of Washington photo from May 25, 2020.

Dorothy 'Dot' Cole, oldest living Marine, dies at age 107
01/14/2021
Dorothy 'Dot' Cole, oldest living Marine, dies at age 107

Dorothy 'Dot' Cole, oldest living Marine, dies at age 107

Dorothy "Dot" Cole was 28 years old when she boarded a bus for the 150-mile trip to Pittsburgh, where she hoped to volunteer for the Navy. She was turned away for being too short — so she joined the Marines instead.

Photos from Best Defense Foundation's post
01/11/2021

Photos from Best Defense Foundation's post

01/07/2021

(JAN 07, 2021): AMERICA REMEMBERS – It is with a heavy heart, we share the news that the gorgeous AGNES MOORE, a Rosie The Riveter of World War II, has died. She was 100.

Agnes Moore was born February 24th, 1920, in Searey County, Arkansas, where her family owned a small farm. In 1942, Moore moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and began work as a welder in the Kaiser Shipyards. Agnes Moore Worked: Kaiser Shipyard #3; Richmond, CA as a Welder. Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Agnes heard a radio announcer say, "Women, do something for your country, go to the Richmond Shipyards and be a welder." She became a certified Journeyman Welder and worked for four years in Kaiser Shipyard #3 on the nightshift.

Moore's resilience saw her through some tough times, the loss of her firstborn daughter from cancer, the loss of both husbands. The perseverance in going to college in her 30's, becoming a bookkeeper, opening her own seamstress business. The many memories that put a smile on your face, including that she recently gave up driving her Porsche Boxter at the age of 99!

She was very much loved and will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.

"Every Day is Memorial Day"
The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation
Web: www.TGGF.org

12/29/2020

Civilians, war industry workers and military personnel, both in the states and overseas, sought out roller skating rinks to relieve the stress of war during World War II, propelling roller skating to the top sport by the end of the 1940s. An estimated 5,000 rinks were in operation and 18,000,000 Americans roller skated during the peak of the trend. The Midwest, particularly Chicago, was thought to be the epicenter of the hobby.

As the holidays grow near, you will share stories and memories in many ways.  If you have an elder who is 90 or older, g...
12/21/2020
Free Rosie Membership *SPECIAL* | Rosie the Riveter | You Can Do It!

As the holidays grow near, you will share stories and memories in many ways. If you have an elder who is 90 or older, glean the memories of the 40s from them, If they worked during that time you can document that with the American Rosie The Riveter Association. It is free at this time, the process is easy, you need just a little info. If your Rosie has passed, you still can honor her through this link: https://rosietheriveter.net/rosie-shoppe/free-rosie-membership-special/

Qualifications for membership as a Rosie: Any woman who was employed in an industry or agency that was directly related to the war effort OR who was employed in a capacity usually held by a man, thus releasing a man for military duty. This includes self-employment, such as farming. Qualifications fo...

Dec 8, 1941. A few hours after the bombing on Pearl Harbor, the Philippines were surprised attacked at Clark Air Field o...
12/09/2020

Dec 8, 1941. A few hours after the bombing on Pearl Harbor, the Philippines were surprised attacked at Clark Air Field on Luzon and the American air power in the Philippines nearly destroyed

Then on Dec 10th, Japanese foot soldiers landed on Luzon.

The Greatest Generations Foundation
12/07/2020

The Greatest Generations Foundation

(DEC 07, 2020): Pearl Harbor Remembered - 79th Anniversary: Sailor Stuart Hedley recalls the day when the Battleship West Virginia was hit.

Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, and raised in northern New York, Hedley tried to join the US Navy at 17 but was quickly denied entry. The reason: he was too small, too skinny for navy regulations. Angered by this and knowing he could do the job, Hedley would spend several months in a civilian capacity assisting the military, where he would add muscle and size to his frame. "I gained three inches and over ten pounds!"

Hedley emphatically relates. The added weight and determination showed proof to the recruiters that he was navy material. He would need it. Young Hedley was assigned to the Battleship USS West Virginia, a hard-working crew that felt war to be just a short time off.

December 7th, 1941 began as a calm day, despite reports that Japanese submarines had been sighted doing reconnaissance. Out of nowhere, the attack began. Japanese fighters and torpedo-bombers are coming over the horizon, intent on destroying the US Pacific fleet.

Hedley made his way towards his battle-station at turret #3, where he served as a spotter for the gun. Chaos ensued, with West Virginia taking several hits. Hedley, who had been chastised as a child about not leaning back in his chair with his feet up, narrowly escaped harm. A torpedo or bomb hit his emplacement, and where his legs would have been, had he been leaning back, blew a hole through the compartment. If he had not been sitting correctly, he would have lost his legs.

With West Virginia reeling from the blows it had received, Hedley and his shipmates made their way topside. Hedley recalls leaping into the water feet-first and coming up amid debris and burning oil and swimming for his life towards the shoreline. That raw determination and defiance had kept him alive to fight another day. Hedley would later be assigned to other ships and would see action in the Pacific War. He would later retire in 1960 and work as a civilian contractor for a company inspecting naval vessels.

Today, he makes his home in San Diego speaking with many school groups and fighting to keep the legacy of Pearl Harbor alive.

"Every Day is Memorial Day"
The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation
Web: www.TGGF.org

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"Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive!" is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots initiative that evolved from the award winning Stories of Service program of the Digital Clubhouse Network, a 501(c)3 public benefit organization created by NASA in 1996 to develop innovative ways to mobilize youth to use the power of digital technology to build a better 21st century community. www.digiclub.org

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Honor The Legacy...

Join the 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.

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.


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Cheboygan and Emmet County ARRA of MI congrats all Rosies on receiving the Gold Medal of Honor. Thank you to all those who supported this effort.
A northern MI Rosie the Riveter Carter honors the 19th Amendment 100 year anniversary.
Celebrating the Spirit of '45 in front of the USS Hornet in Alameda on Saturday, August 15th. We sang the hits of the 40's standing 6 feet apart.
Sounding Taps for the Spirit of 45 Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II Wreath Laying Ceremony at the St. Augustine (FL) National Cemetery. Honored to be in the presence of two WWII Veterans. One Navy Veteran of 11 Pacific actions, the other a seasoned Merchant Marine Veteran of the Atlantic. Honored to meet and catch a picture with Ernest Trester, US Merchant Marine Veteran. Honor and Remember. 🇺🇸 #75thanniversary #WWII #spiritof45 #thegreatestgeneration
https://www.facebook.com/thehuscreenacting/live/ We are going LIVE!!! Come and watch us commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Spirit of '45.
TAPS LTC Hessel & SPC Monroy of the Oregon Nat'l Guard. Spirit of '45 Day, WWII 75th Anniversary, August 9, 2020🇺🇸 A unique 2nd Sunday of pandemic August to honor the Greatest Generation with contributors dedicated to our decade long Spirit journey. Thanks to the millions of Americans who served: Europe to Pacific, Battlefield to Home front & Generation to Generation. Thanks Oregon Military Department, Oregon National Guard, and Oregon Dept of Veterans' Affairs🇺🇸
TAPS LTC Hessel & SPC Monroy of the Oregon Nat'l Guard. Spirit of '45 Day, WWII 75th Anniversary, August 9, 2020🇺🇸 A unique 2nd Sunday of pandemic August to honor the Greatest Generation with a small network of contributors dedicated to our decade long Spirit journey. Thanks to the millions of Americans who served -- Europe to Pacific, Battlefield to Homefront -- Generation to Generation. Thanks Oregon Military Department, Oregon National Guard, and Oregon Dept of Veterans' Affairs🇺🇸
TODAY: VJ Day. 75 years, August 14, 1945, WWII ended. Oregon paid tribute this past Sunday on Spirit of '45 Day at the Oregon WWII Memorial -- thanking our WWII Greatest Generation for their courage, shared sacrifice, 'can do' attitude, spirit and service. THEY WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN🇺🇸 (Music: In the Arms of Home, Patrick Smith)
For several years, the Support Committee for the Alabama National Cemetery (SCALNC) has observed the anniversary of the end of WWII with a special ceremony at the Alabama National Cemetery (ALNC) titled Keep the Spirit of 45 Alive. This 75th anniversary year was to be a special and widely publicized event commemorating the allied victory which freed the world from tyranny. Sadly, but understandably, given current COVID 19 pandemic precautions our 2020 public ceremony has been canceled. As Keep the Spirit of 45 Alive is a special time in August set aside by Congress to commemorate VJ Day (August 14) by remembering and honoring the greatest generation and their spirit of determination and pride, the SCALNC remains committed to our mission and will remember and honor our WWII heroes in a different way. SCALNC has worked with the Director at ALNC and have the following plans in observance: 1) We have developed a video tribute for the 75th Anniversary of WWII which tells the story of 5 individuals who served in theaters of war and on the home front. Four are buried at ALNC while the 5th individual’s husband is interred there as well. The stories featured in the video include: Daniel Harmon Frederick - Army - Pacific Theater James Haggerty - Coast Guard - European Theater - D Day Richard Stephens - Navy - USS Indianapolis Survivor Frances Lokey Phelps - navy - WAVE - stateside Frances Tunnell Carter - Rosie the Riveter Association founder Link: https://youtu.be/IKzXAmjA-SA We also have featured photos of other WWII veterans on our page. 2) This week, we will conduct a short wreath laying ceremony which will include a flyover to begin the ceremony, prayer, national anthem, pledge, wreath laying by family members of WWII veterans, a moment of silence and taps. The ceremony will not be open to the public due to social distancing concerns but will be videoed for sharing with the public. 3) The Avenue of Flags at the cemetery will be raised and family members are welcome to visit their loved ones graves while observing social distancing and the state face mask order. Locally the SCALNC observes and honors veterans throughout the year in numerous ways. For more information visit our website at https://scalnc.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/scalnc/
The USS Hornet Museum will be honoring VJ Day on August 15th 2020. Please visit our website for more information: https://uss-hornet.org/
Oregon Spirit of '45 will honor our WWII Generation tomorrow on Spirit of '45 Day, 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII at the Oregon WWII Memorial. Due to the pandemic, this is by special invite. We will recognize all this generation did to protect our freedom with their courage, shared sacrifice, 'can do' attitude, service and SPIRIT 🇺🇸
I'm so very proud to be the daughter of a Rosie. Our new Orange County Chapter of California ARRA will be striving the keep the spirit of our amazing mothers, grandmothers, friends and all women who did the job in the war effort alive.