Spirit of '45 Bay Area

Spirit of '45 Bay Area Celebrate the end of WWII and the Peace on the 2nd Saturday in August. Just as in August 1945, we honor the legacy of the WWII generation celebrating their examples of courage, shared sacrifice, "can-do" attitude, service to others, and national unity.
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People of the Bay Area and of all backgrounds gather with one of the Greatest Generations to honor the legacy of the WWII era.

72. Al and Miki where married for 72 years until Al passed away in 2016. Miki and Al where married in 1944.When ask what...
02/15/2020

72. Al and Miki where married for 72 years until Al passed away in 2016.

Miki and Al where married in 1944.

When ask what was the secret to their lasting relationship, Al said " I married my best friend... and never fight in front of the kids"

Speaking of Love... This is Pat and Angie Robles. They met in middle school in 1938 and married in 1942 just as Pat was ...
02/15/2020

Speaking of Love... This is Pat and Angie Robles. They met in middle school in 1938 and married in 1942 just as Pat was being sent to aerial gunner school. He eventually flew 27 combat missions, and she went to church EVERY day to pray for his safe return.

They were married for 70 years!! They both have passed.

02/14/2020

Happy Valentines Day

Just put up the planning calendars for this year’s Spirit of ‘45 events on August 14 and 15Time to get off our cabooses ...
02/13/2020

Just put up the planning calendars for this year’s Spirit of ‘45 events on August 14 and 15

Time to get off our cabooses and get rolling!

Remembering those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor.  Sterling R. Cale, treasurer, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association...
12/07/2019

Remembering those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor.

Sterling R. Cale, treasurer, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Unit 1, salutes his fallen comrades at the USS Arizona Memorial.

photo by Cpl. Mark Fayloga
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#pearlharbor #wwii #ww2 #december7th1941 #december71941#ushistory #wwiihistory #usnavy #ww2history

As we take time to thank those family and friends that are in our lives, we remember those loved ones who we miss and ch...
11/28/2019

As we take time to thank those family and friends that are in our lives, we remember those loved ones who we miss and cherish the time we had. We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving from Spirit of ‘45. 🍁
A photo of the officers from the 77th Bomb group and the 54th Fighter group celebrating Thanksgiving dinner.
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#WW2 #wwii #worldwar2 #ww2history #worldhistory #history #wwiiphotos #spiritof45bayarea #thanksgiving #thanksgivingdinner #vintagephotography #wwiiphotos #wwiibombers #77thbombgroup #54thfightergroup

Love those autumn colors! Happy Friday!
11/22/2019

Love those autumn colors! Happy Friday!

Spirit of ‘45 is always recruiting volunteers.  It’s a great way to meet new people and connect with the local community...
11/18/2019
Volunteering Is the Best Kept Secret for Mental Health

Spirit of ‘45 is always recruiting volunteers. It’s a great way to meet new people and connect with the local community. Who knew that there are mental health benefits?

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a37nvk/volunteering-is-the-best-kept-secret-for-mental-health-stressweek2017?fbclid=IwAR0O9c8n5Rhk-n_sNkkmT0ErWpGYh3ji6VBgxkjP1Rt-4AVykdF8lG14otc

I noticed how much volunteering was helping with my anxiety and stress, and there’s science to back it up.

11/15/2019

Happy Friday! Here is a fun clip about Veronica Lake’s hair during wartime.
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#1940s #wwii #ww2 #1940sfashion #veronicalake #womeninwwii #hollywood #wartimefashion #40sfashion #1940shair #1940shairstyle #hollywoodinwwii

11/12/2019

A BIG THANK YOU to all the volunteers who marched in today’s Veterans Day parade

Got tomorrow off for Veterans Day?  Join us at the 101st San Jose Veterans Day parade.  Poster holders are needed.  Marc...
11/11/2019

Got tomorrow off for Veterans Day? Join us at the 101st San Jose Veterans Day parade.

Poster holders are needed. March in the parade with Spirit of ’45.

It’s going to be a nice day ☀️

Happy Veterans Weekend! War correspondents and personnel of the Office of Strategic Services, including Virginia Stuart ...
11/10/2019

Happy Veterans Weekend! War correspondents and personnel of the Office of Strategic Services, including Virginia Stuart (fourth from left), leaving from Camp Patrick Henry, in Virginia, to go overseas in July 1944.
Credit...National Archives (photo no. 336-H-17-E8671)
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Before the Central Intelligence Agency, there was the Office of Strategic Services — a clandestine espionage organization of almost 13,000 Americans who, from 1942 to 1945, gathered intelligence for President Roosevelt and wreaked havoc against the Axis powers in World War II. .
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They broke code, planted false information to mislead the Germans and parachuted into enemy territory to blow up bridges and rail lines. One third of them were women.

Their ranks included Marlene Dietrich and Margaret Mead, a pioneering anthropologist. Julia McWilliams, later known by her married name, Julia Child, cooked up shark repellent. Jane Wallis Burrell went on to become one of the first C.I.A. operatives killed in the line of duty. Thousands of others broke barriers and demolished stereotypes without ever seeking recognition. 👏🏻👏🏻
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- New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/06/magazine/intelligence-world-war-ii-oss-women.html
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#womeninwwii #wwii #wwiihistory #1940s #ww2history #usahistory #worldwar2 #ww2women #ushistory #womeninhistory

Volunteers need to carry posters of WWII Veterans tomorrow for the San Jose Veterans Day Parade.  See flyer. Message if ...
11/10/2019

Volunteers need to carry posters of WWII Veterans tomorrow for the San Jose Veterans Day Parade. See flyer. Message if you can help!

Getting posters ready for the 101st Veterans Day ParadeIf you have Monday off, please join us marching in the parade.  1...
11/09/2019

Getting posters ready for the 101st Veterans Day Parade

If you have Monday off, please join us marching in the parade. 10:45am - 2:00pm.

DM if interested

Only a couple of days left to get your ticket for the Red Oak Victory Celebrations! Don’t wait! www.bit.ly/ROV75th That ...
11/06/2019

Only a couple of days left to get your ticket for the Red Oak Victory Celebrations! Don’t wait! www.bit.ly/ROV75th

That is Edna Reiley christening the SS Red Oak Victory in November of 1944! I wonder what champagne they used? Come step back in time this Saturday to celebrate 75 years! .
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#wwiinavy #wwii #wwiievent #ww2 #ww2history #richmondca #ww2navy #1940s #1940sevent #travelcalifornia #bayarea #bayareacalifornia #sanfranciscobay #museum #californiamuseum #redoakvictory #wwiivictoryship #vintagephoto #1940sphoto #1940sfashion

All part of the war effort, Marlene Deitrich, Lucille Ball, and Linda Darnell sign autographs as part of the Hollywood U...
11/05/2019

All part of the war effort, Marlene Deitrich, Lucille Ball, and Linda Darnell sign autographs as part of the Hollywood USO tour.

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#1940s #wwii #wwiihistory #ww2 #wwiiuso #hollywood #1940sfashion #ushistory #vintagephotos #marlenedietrich #lucilleball #lindadarnell #vintagehollywood #hollywoodglamour #classichollywood

Got Monday off for Veterans Day?  Join us at the 101st San Jose Veterans Day parade.  Poster holders are needed.  March ...
11/05/2019

Got Monday off for Veterans Day? Join us at the 101st San Jose Veterans Day parade.

Poster holders are needed. March in the parade with Spirit of ’45. DM if interested.

Happy November! 🍁 🍂 🍁🍂🍁🍂November makes us thankful for the freedom that we prize,it also makes us thankful that we still...
11/01/2019

Happy November!
🍁 🍂 🍁🍂🍁🍂
November makes us thankful
for the freedom that we prize,
it also makes us thankful that we still have got our eyes! - 1946
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Art work by Alberto Vargas
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#1940s #1940spinup #vintagepinup #pinup #1940sstyle #1940svintage #vargas #pinupart #albertovargas #albertovargaspinup

Happy Halloween from Spirit of ‘45! 🎃 .....#spiritof45bayarea #1940s #vintagephotography #1940shalloween #vintagelife #h...
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween from Spirit of ‘45! 🎃
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#spiritof45bayarea #1940s #vintagephotography #1940shalloween #vintagelife #halloween #vintagehalloween #pinup #halloweenpinup

Trunk or Treat today at Bethel Church.
10/27/2019

Trunk or Treat today at Bethel Church.

Monday, November 11 is Veterans Day.  Spirit of ‘45 will be marching (and driving a few military vehicles) in San Jose’s...
10/25/2019

Monday, November 11 is Veterans Day.

Spirit of ‘45 will be marching (and driving a few military vehicles) in San Jose’s 101st Veterans Day parade.

Would you like to join us in marching in the parade?

Part of the Women’s Land Army camp at #spiritof45bayarea Thank you for joining us! ..Photo by @correy_morales ......#wom...
10/23/2019

Part of the Women’s Land Army camp at #spiritof45bayarea Thank you for joining us!
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Photo by @correy_morales
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#womenslandarmy #sanjoseca #sanjosescene #sfbayarea #spiritof45 #spiritof45bayarea #historypark #wwii #ww2 #worldwar2 #wwiireenactors #wwiireenacting #wwiireenactment #ww2event #ww2reenactors #wwiihistory #ww2reenactment #1940s #ww2history #usahistory #1940s #livinghistory #historyparksanjose #wwiievent

Happy Birthday to the US Navy - October 13,1775 ..Photo from @redoakvictory .......#usnavy #usa #wwii #ww2 #warships  #w...
10/14/2019

Happy Birthday to the US Navy - October 13,1775
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Photo from @redoakvictory
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This beautifully restored 1940s Greyhound bus at #spiritof45bayarea. The Pacific Bus Museum is located in Fremont and a ...
10/13/2019

This beautifully restored 1940s Greyhound bus at #spiritof45bayarea. The Pacific Bus Museum is located in Fremont and a great stop to see these treasures. For more info go to https://pacbus.org
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Photo by @correy_morales
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#1940s #greyhoundbus #vintage #vintagelifestyle #vintagebus #spiritof45day #travel #spiritof45 #vintagevehicles #vintagetransportation #sanjoseca #sanjosescene #sfbayarea #wwiievent #ww2event #historyparksanjose

Our friends at the Red Oak Victory are having a dance!   Please join them if you can.  It looks to be a smashing time
10/10/2019

Our friends at the Red Oak Victory are having a dance! Please join them if you can. It looks to be a smashing time

www.bit.ly/ROV75th

Take a load off because it’s Saturday! This nap is well deserved! @eaglefieldfoundation Photo by @correy_morales ... #sa...
10/05/2019

Take a load off because it’s Saturday! This nap is well deserved! @eaglefieldfoundation

Photo by @correy_morales
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#sanjoseca #sanjosescene #sfbayarea #spiritof45 #spiritof45bayarea #historypark #wwii #ww2 #worldwar2 #wwiireenactors #wwiireenacting #wwiireenactment #ww2event #ww2reenactors #wwiihistory #ww2reenactment #1940s #ww2soldier #ww2history #ww2uniform #usahistory #1940s #livinghistory #historyparksanjose #wwiievent @ Kelley Park - History San Jose Area

October is a month that turns the lanes to gold and red, and here’s an Eve that we believe is going to turn your head! 🍁...
10/01/2019

October is a month that turns the lanes to gold and red, and here’s an Eve that we believe is going to turn your head! 🍁
Happy October from 1938!
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Artwork by George Petty. Quote from Esquire.
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More photos of Spirit of ‘45 at the 2019 Santa Clara Has Parade of Champions
10/01/2019

More photos of Spirit of ‘45 at the 2019 Santa Clara Has Parade of Champions

Photos of Spirit of ‘45 at the 2019 Santa Clara Parade of Champions
09/29/2019

Photos of Spirit of ‘45 at the 2019 Santa Clara Parade of Champions

Ike is visiting 😁
09/28/2019

Ike is visiting 😁

So lucky!  Spirit of ‘45 is at space 45 in the Homestead Village at the parade of ChampionsParade begins at 11 am
09/28/2019

So lucky! Spirit of ‘45 is at space 45 in the Homestead Village at the parade of Champions

Parade begins at 11 am

Setting up Spirit of ‘45’s booth at Santa Clara’s Parade of Champions Come visit us!   Parade begin as at 11am
09/28/2019

Setting up Spirit of ‘45’s booth at Santa Clara’s Parade of Champions
Come visit us! Parade begin as at 11am

Some photos on what’s on sale. A lot of clothing in the firehouse first floor are just a few dollars. Sept 21-22 at hist...
09/21/2019

Some photos on what’s on sale. A lot of clothing in the firehouse first floor are just a few dollars.

Sept 21-22 at history park.

Happy Friday, Cheers! ......#1940sfashion #1940s #ww2 #wwii #vintagedance #1940sphotography #vintagephotography #ww2phot...
09/20/2019

Happy Friday, Cheers!
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#1940sfashion #1940s #ww2 #wwii #vintagedance #1940sphotography #vintagephotography #ww2photos #ww2soldier #40sfashion

More photos from last weekend 😁
08/17/2019

More photos from last weekend 😁

Some lovely photos of the event this past Saturday
08/14/2019
Photos: 75th anniversary of D-Day celebration

Some lovely photos of the event this past Saturday

Participants gathered to celebrate the greatest generation during the “Spirit of ’45 Day” annual event at San Jose’s History Park on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.

08/12/2019

A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED WITH SPIRIT OF ‘45! From set up on Thursday to tear down today your hard work is MUCH APPRECIATED!

News reels at the 1949s Dance Party
08/10/2019

News reels at the 1949s Dance Party

Swing solution has started playing.   Come join us at the 1940s dance party fundraiser. Dancing till 11 o’clock
08/10/2019

Swing solution has started playing. Come join us at the 1940s dance party fundraiser. Dancing till 11 o’clock

08/09/2019

Advance ticket sales have ended, but you can still purchase TICKETS AT THE GATE! $20

1940s Dance Party fundraiser is 8-11 p.m.
History Park San Jose

Come experience a lovely evening swing dancing to big band music played by Swing Solution

Testing out the boot camp for Spirit of ‘45 Day Saturday at History Park San Jose 12-5pm
08/08/2019

Testing out the boot camp for Spirit of ‘45 Day

Saturday at History Park San Jose 12-5pm

08/08/2019

Excitement! Unexpected shower from the sprinklers 🤪

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Hi There Spirit of '45-ers! In the past, we have had our dancing friends from Aptos drive with us in the Gilroy Holiday Parade with our company. Their vehicle is out of commission this year getting overhauled I'm looking for an old/restored (probably shouldn't be pristine, since its going to be driven in the parade and decorated) We paid $180 last year and it was a blast. Our company truck which has a lift we put our son with a snow machine blowing over the truck following which is decorated and has a Christmas tree in the back with kids sitting in the bed We are Moki, Sheila & Family - Smith Tree Specialists, Inc and fully insured Message me or call me at 408-710-4075 I'd appreciate any referral :-) We can also include a business card for anyone or a business involved to be given out with candy canes and mistletoe!
Veterans Day 2019 San Jose California
This was a nice plug by the Mercury News
My dad was a sophomore at Vallejo High School in 1945. I thought I’d peek at the photos for hair and dress inspiration and I came across a different kind of inspiration...
Great Veteran recognition
I hope we can find this Brave heroic WWII Veteran sonwe Can have him attend Our Spirit of 45’ events in August I asking for any leads
Very bummed to have missed this year’s event - the National scale model contest was the same weekend!
What a great night of Music and Spirit at the Spirit of 45 Dance wearing my Uncle's original WWII navy Officers uniform. This was the last picture of the single nurse before she got engaged within the hour., congrats to her and her new Fiance. Real magic night for all.
Some images from the swing dance event at San Jose's History Park on Friday evening, with music by the Swing Solution Big Band. For more images, please see this post: https://www.facebook.com/trumpman/posts/10155301996785670
what is there to celebrate? The west died after the defeat of Germany
Wish I was there, my van died two days ago. Will try to come down.
Spirit of '45 [2017] WWII & Korea Heroes. #HonorFlight