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.

06/15/2020
History San José

News from History San Jose

History San Jose plans to reopen History Park to the public for walking, running, bicycling and picnics as of June 22, 2020. There is no fee to enter History Park and visitors are encouraged to come and enjoy the grounds and gardens. All of the historic buildings will remain closed at this time. The Park will be open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.

History San Jose has completed preparations that follow State guidelines that were released for Outdoor Museums and Galleries on May 12, 2020.

History San Jose has implemented these policies with the safety of visitors, volunteers and staff in mind and to further minimize the possibility of disease transmission within our community.

Visitors must wear protective face masks at all times while inside History Park.

Social distancing of six feet will be strictly encouraged.

All Historic Buildings will remain closed.

All Public Facilities will remain closed: The Pacific Hotel Restrooms, O’Brien’s Candy Store & Ice Cream Parlor, G&A’s Gift Shop.

06/15/2020

What is your favorite love song on your 1940s playlist? Post links below 👇

06/06/2020
06/01/2020

What is your favorite Tommy Dorsey song on your 1940s playlist? Post link below 👇

06/01/2020
Vera Lynn - We'll Meet Again (1943)

Dear friends of Spirit of ‘45 Bay Area,

We are still in the holding pattern.

We still don’t know if the 1940s Dance Party Fundraiser and Spirit of ‘45 Day (August 14 & 15) will take place this year.

We still plan on hosting the event, but it is dependent upon what the State and County Health Departments deem safe.

We will post as soon as we get an answer in mid-late July.

Keep up that Spirit of ‘45 (courage, shared sacrifice, can do attitude, service to others, and national unity) and stay healthy friends.

Kindest of regards,
Robert & Leann

https://youtu.be/T5C4meGkNyc

"We'll Meet Again" is a 1939 British song made famous by singer Vera Lynn with music and lyrics composed and written by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles. The s...

Bobby socker - a teenager girls who wears bobby socks “Sorry I am late coming back from lunch.  A bobby socker held up t...
05/31/2020

Bobby socker - a teenager girls who wears bobby socks

“Sorry I am late coming back from lunch. A bobby socker held up the line at the post office.”

#40sSlang
#Spiritof45BayArea

“As most people are aware (or should be), Memorial Day and Veterans Day serve different purposes.Veterans Day is to hono...
05/25/2020
Don't Say 'Thank You For Your Service' This Monday

“As most people are aware (or should be), Memorial Day and Veterans Day serve different purposes.

Veterans Day is to honor the service of people who have worn the uniforms of the armed forces.

Memorial Day is intended to remember those who died while serving.”

https://www.npr.org/2017/05/28/530504781/words-youll-hear-memorial-day-dos-and-donts

Memorial Day is specifically to honor those who died in military service. One vet says he'd prefer people say, "I hope you're having a meaningful day." The holiday's history dates to the Civil War.

05/24/2020

Goofy - in love

“Good luck in talking with Sarah. She is goofy.”

#40sSlang
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05/19/2020

UPDATE on Spirit of’45 Bay Area’s participation in Oak Hill’s MEMORIAL DAY Commemoration

This year Oak Hill will be holding a virtual Memorial Day Commemoration ceremony to comply with the current Covid-19 pandemic regulations.

Oak Hill will begin streaming the ceremony on Monday, May 25, 2020.

Please share this information with others.

Thank you.
And stay healthy

Www.oakhillfuneral.com

05/18/2020

What songs that mention the Army, Navy, or Marines are on your 1940s playlist? Post links below 👇

05/16/2020

Blow Joe - an enlisted man

There was a dust-up in the street today. A Blow Joe stepped in and settled the dispute.

#40sSlang
#Spiritof45BayArea

05/15/2020

The Rose, White, and Blue parade has been rescheduled to Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2020 (please update your calendar)

05/12/2020

What is your favorite Benny Goodman song on your 1940s playlist? Post links below 👇

05/08/2020
BBC News

Today is the 75th anniversary of V-E (Victory in Europe) Day!

https://www.facebook.com/228735667216/posts/10157766848662217/?vh=e

"We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing"

Extracts from former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill's speech, announcing the end of the war in Europe in 1945, have been broadcast again to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

bbc.in/2L84u5E

04/28/2020

What song expressing “longing” would you put on your 1940s playlist?
Post links below 👇

Dear friends of Spirit of ‘45 Bay Area,Many of you have asked if the 1940s Dance Party Fundraiser and Spirit of ‘45 Day ...
04/23/2020

Dear friends of Spirit of ‘45 Bay Area,

Many of you have asked if the 1940s Dance Party Fundraiser and Spirit of ‘45 Day (August 14 & 15) will take place this year.

The short answer is we don’t know yet.

We still plan on hosting the event, but it is dependent upon what the State and County Health Departments deem safe.

We will post as soon as we get an answer in mid-late July.

Keep up that Spirit of ‘45 (courage, shared sacrifice, can do attitude, service to others, and national unity) and stay healthy friends.

Kindest of regards,
Robert & Leann

And she is back home at History Park. The History Park is closed, but we wanted to take this opportunity to show case th...
04/22/2020

And she is back home at History Park.

The History Park is closed, but we wanted to take this opportunity to show case the special “Rosie the Riveter” rose in full bloom.

04/21/2020
San Jose Police Department

Two parades for Mary!

Happy 100th Birthday Mary Fierros, San Jose's real life Rosie the Riveter!

Born April 20, 1920 in Delta, Utah Mary migrated to California in 1927 and worked the fields for 15 cents per hour. In third grade she met her future husband Mike Fierros who would end up joining the military. Mary followed to each military base sometimes by train or driving her own 32 Chevrolet.

Mary later started working at Douglas Aircraft as a Rosie the Riveter in Long Beach and when Mike was sent to Okinawa, Mary went to work at Southern Pacific Railroad maintaining train engines.

After the war she worked 33 years at Levi Strauss where she retired as a personnel manager. Mary now spends time attending Rosie the Riveter events where she has been honored for her service during the war.

Today Mary is 100 years old and is still as busy as ever cooking for her family and going for walks in the neighborhood. She hopes to be remembered as a woman of knowledge, strength and most of all her love for her husband and family.

Happy Birthday from the women and men of San Jose Police Deparment and thank you for your service to our country!

Honoring the WWII generation.On Mary's 100th Birthday, several WWII vehicles and antique cars paraded in front of her ho...
04/21/2020

Honoring the WWII generation.

On Mary's 100th Birthday, several WWII vehicles and antique cars paraded in front of her home in San Jose, CA.

"Mary Fierros grew up in Idaho and spent her early adult life working in the fields with her family and husband. When he was drafted, she went to work for Douglas Aircraft during WWII. After the war, she moved with her husband to military bases in Louisiana and Texas, and returned to California, settling there after his service was finished. She worked for Levi-Strauss for three decades and retired in an upper management position. In this interview, Fierros reflects on her work as a riveter and its impact on the rest of her life. She also discusses discrimination toward Mexican-Americans in military and civilian life and overcoming the challenges of racism in her career and life."
Abstract from
https://ohc-search.lib.berkeley.edu/catalog/MASTER_2071

You can read her entire Oral History.

https://digitalassets.lib.berkeley.edu/roho/ucb/text/fierros_mary_2017.pdf

Happy 100th Birthday Tia Mary!Today spirit of ‘45 wished her a happy bday 1940s style parade. https://www.nbcbayarea.com...
04/21/2020
Bay Area ‘Rosie the Riveter’ Turns 100, Gets Parade for Birthday

Happy 100th Birthday Tia Mary!

Today spirit of ‘45 wished her a happy bday 1940s style parade.

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/south-bay/bay-area-rosie-the-riveter-turns-100-gets-parade-for-birthday/2276219/

An original Rosie the Riveter in the Bay Area marked an incredible milestone by turning 100 years old. Mary Fierros, known as Tia Mary, was surprised by dozens who gathered outside her San Jose home Monday to celebrate her birthday and honor the woman who served her country during World War II. “S...

Lettuce - cash; (paper) money“I need some lettuce for the movie tickets”#40sSlang#Spiritof45BayArea
04/19/2020

Lettuce - cash; (paper) money

“I need some lettuce for the movie tickets”

#40sSlang
#Spiritof45BayArea

75 years ago today, April 17, 1945 this letter was written on the island of Okinawa- bloodiest and last battle in the Pa...
04/18/2020

75 years ago today, April 17, 1945 this letter was written on the island of Okinawa- bloodiest and last battle in the Pacific.

Peter Radonich was a founding member of Spirit of '45. He passed away in 2008 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

This letter was written from a field hospital as he was wounded on April 6. Note the Red Cross letter head.

The Letter reads:
Dear Folks,
Just a line to let you know that I am well and hope that all of you are the same.
How is every body and things?
Haven't received any mail as usual... haven't anything to write about . The weather here is beautiful today. Reminds me a lot of California.

Yesterday I made a record that the war correspondent is going to send to KYA and if they have time they would broadcast it. They will notify you before time, so that you can listen.

I am getting along fine. My leg is as well as ever.
This is about all for now. Am hoping to receive some mail soon.

Love and kisses for Nancy,
Love to all,
Pete

What was Roosevelt doing in Warm Springs, GA?How did FDR die?How was the war progressing at the exact time? How did the ...
04/16/2020

What was Roosevelt doing in Warm Springs, GA?

How did FDR die?

How was the war progressing at the exact time? How did the soldiers react when hearing the news?

Who would take his place?

How and when did Truman learn he was now the president?

What was Eleanor, his wife, reaction? Was she near his side at his passing?

All these questions are answered in this great collection of radio broadcast from NBS and MBS from April 12, 1945.

MUST LISTEN:

These audio recordings are 30 minutes long are a great insight to a nervous nation and what was at stake both nationally and internationally.

https://pastdaily.com/2016/04/12/april-12-1945-death-president/

"The president is dead. What do we do now?"75 years ago this week,  FDR's body traveled by train from Warm Springs, GA t...
04/16/2020

"The president is dead. What do we do now?"

75 years ago this week, FDR's body traveled by train from Warm Springs, GA to Washington D.C. at a mournful 25mph for those along the train tracks could pay their respects. It was estimated 2 million lined the route.

Here is a great article published in the Saturday Evening Post earlier this month by a former copygirl in the newsroom when the news broke.

https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2020/04/remembering-the-day-fdr-died/

04/13/2020

What uplifting song would you put on your 1940s playlist?

75 years ago TODAY ( April 12, 1945), President Roosevelt died. He was the first and only president elected to serve fou...
04/13/2020

75 years ago TODAY ( April 12, 1945), President Roosevelt died. He was the first and only president elected to serve four terms. A generation of young people at that time only new one president. Who would lead the war effort? Truman! Truman who?!

Quiff - an attractive woman What a quiff!  She looks like Betty Grable.#40sSlang#Spiritof45BayArea
04/11/2020

Quiff - an attractive woman

What a quiff! She looks like Betty Grable.

#40sSlang
#Spiritof45BayArea

04/06/2020

What songs would you put on your 1940s playlist for this rainy day?

03/25/2020

Spirit of ‘45’s April 5 photo shoot is cancelled due to the Shelter In Place. Stay healthy friends.

03/16/2020
Andre Rieu Argentina

A lift on a rainy self-isolation day - a cover of the Andrew Sisters by the Andre Rieu Symphony 😀

Hoy volvemos por un ratito a la década del ´40, cuando las grandes bandas y el swing estaban de moda, y André nos lo recuerda con una selección de canciones muy conocidas cantadas por Manoe, Lin y Stephanie como "The André Sisters" (en referencia al trío de hermanas "The Andrew Sisters" que en aquellas épocas cantaban así).
Buen jueves (Patricia).

03/14/2020

Spirit of ‘45 weekend is in 5 months. What are you going to wear?

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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.