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.

Operating as usual

09/13/2020

Hi friends! We are working on a couple of projects here at Spirit and we need your video help.

Do you have any video that you can share with us from our past events?

We are looking for video of:
Santa Clara Parade of Champions
Spirit of’45 Day - especially of WWII vets
1940s Dance Party

Please DM us the videos.

And THANKS so much for the help

Sept 10,1945
09/10/2020

Sept 10,1945

10 September 1945: The U.S. Navy large aircraft carrier USS Midway (CVB-41) is pictured underway on the day of her commissioning. From the Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo # 1996.488.116.075

A few days before the Wall of Honor came down, the Carrasco family made their annual visit to the wall. Meet Mrs. Carras...
09/10/2020

A few days before the Wall of Honor came down, the Carrasco family made their annual visit to the wall.

Meet Mrs. Carrasco. She and Joe married in 1948.

A total of 4 Carrasco brothers served during WWII and the Korean War.

Behind the scenes:The wall of honor consist of 380 feet of war time photos of wwii vets. Each year they are carefully cl...
09/10/2020

Behind the scenes:

The wall of honor consist of 380 feet of war time photos of wwii vets.

Each year they are carefully cleaned and stored.

If anyone would like to add a photo for 2021 send us a message and we’ll put you on the waitlist. Cost is $200.

On display for a few more days at history park.   Can be seen on outside fence on Senter Rd. Drive by with the AC on!
09/06/2020

On display for a few more days at history park. Can be seen on outside fence on Senter Rd. Drive by with the AC on!

Official VJ Day was Sept 2, 1945.
09/02/2020

Official VJ Day was Sept 2, 1945.

Watch the Official Ceremony for The 75th Commemoration of the End of WWII LIVE today at 8:05 a.m. HST!

75 years ago on September 2, 1945, the peace agreement that ended WWII was signed on board the USS Missouri. Join us on the deck of the Battleship Missouri Memorial to honor all of those who served both in battle and on the home front.

Preceding the official ceremony there will be Legacy of Peace Aerial Parade footage, actual WWII Warbird flyovers, ships in Pearl Harbor, as well as a Naval Pass & Review. The ceremony will begin at the historic time of signing, 9:02am with patriotic music, the Parade of Colors, speeches from dignitaries who helped bring this momentous event to life, as well as music, videos and tributes to our Greatest Generation.

#SaluteTheirService. #HonorTheirHope.

Ways to join — virtually:

Check with your local networks. Many stations will be airing it in Hawaii, across the U.S., and globally.

On our website at 75thwwiicommemoration.org/live

Facebook Live at The 75th Commemoration of the End of WWII

WWII Chinese-American GI.Our friends at the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project are hosting a special webinar on the...
08/28/2020

WWII Chinese-American GI.

Our friends at the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project are hosting a special webinar on the Chinese-American veteran experience during WWII.

Webinar: August 29th (Saturday). 1:15PM – 3:00. Fireside chat, briefing room video, webinar and panel.

Learn more here:
https://bacgg.org/index.php/2020/07/18/operation-chinese-american-g-i-8-29-2020/

Recommended Reading. It is impossible to answer every question submitted to our panel. But many can be answered with an article Major General William Chen has graciously allowed BACGG to post summarizing the involvement and contributions of Chinese American Veterans in WWII. https://tinyurl.com/ChiAmWWIIVets

Our August webinar will be, Operation … Chinese American G.I. This webinar is recognized by the Department of Defense, as a Commemorative Partner, as it celebrates the 75th Anniversary, of the end of WWII. The webinar precedes a September ceremony to honor, Chinese American WWII Vets. The keynote speaker is Montgomery Hom, the Executive Producer for the California Ceremony, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, author, and military historian. We will give you an update, on the September ceremony, which includes military honors, and USO entertainment.

We are taking a different approach, to explore Chinese American WWII history. Yes, you will get all the obligatory dates and places. But we will look at the war, through the lens of the world’s largest private collection, of Chinese American, military memorabilia. For example, we show a pair of boots, with a medal beside it, and then tell the rest of the story … about the hero who filled these shoes. We will roll a film clip from, We Served with Pride, featuring 15 Chinese American WWII Vets, who served, with uncommon valor, as a common virtue.

If you want to get a rare glimpse, of the contributions of Chinese American Veterans. Or hear about women at war, and on the home front. Or just have a good time, don’t miss this session.

08/16/2020

Spirit of 45 motorpool out celebrating the end of WWII.

08/15/2020
Historical Unit of Southern California

Our friends of the Historic Unit of Southern California are hosting a virtual spirit of 45 day at 12 noon on Sat Aug 15. They are top notch living historians.

Join us for the Spirit of 45, a virtual commemoration of the end of World War II. August 15, 12pm Pacific Standard Time, on Facebook and Instagram.

75 Years ago today(7PM EST), August 14, 1945, President Truman announced the end of WWII.  Thousands of impromptu celebr...
08/14/2020

75 Years ago today(7PM EST), August 14, 1945, President Truman announced the end of WWII.

Thousands of impromptu celebrations erupted all across the US and lasted way into the night.

The president said in his speech " This is a time for great rejoicing and a time for solemn contemplation".

08/14/2020
Benny Goodman - Let's Dance (1939)

All the Spirit of ’45 Bay Area’s Dance Party fundraisers kick off with the song “Let’s Dance” made popular by Benny Goodman in 1935.

While we cannot dance together this year - please join us dancing 💃 🕺 around the house to some swing music.

https://youtu.be/3-bq3_Ti0YE

from 78rpm / Jpn Columbia, L-3016(WCO-26202)

#spiritof45bayareaDance lessons at 2019 Dance Party
08/13/2020

#spiritof45bayarea
Dance lessons at 2019 Dance Party

#spiritof45bayareaFrom our friend Elizabeth U 💕
08/12/2020

#spiritof45bayarea
From our friend Elizabeth U 💕

#spiritof45bayareaSwing Solution!
08/12/2020

#spiritof45bayarea
Swing Solution!

#spiritof45bayareaA couple of my favorite guys -L
08/12/2020

#spiritof45bayarea
A couple of my favorite guys
-L

#spiritof45bayareaDancing under the Light Tower at History San José
08/12/2020

#spiritof45bayarea
Dancing under the Light Tower at History San José

08/12/2020

Spirit of’45 Day is Saturday, August 15. It is the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and the Declaration of Peace.

PLEASE CELEBRATE WITH US ONLINE AND POST YOUR PICTURES OF PAST SPIRIT OF ‘45 DAYS AND DANCE PARTIES.

Use the hashtag #spiritof45bayarea so everyone can see your pictures

Thanks for helping keep the Spirit of ‘45 alive!

08/03/2020

What’s your favorite Ella Fitzgerald song on your 1940s playlist? Post links below 👇

08/02/2020
Jimmie Lunceford - White Heat

The two week lead up to Spirit of ‘45 weekend is a FRENZY of activity - most of it chaotic good. “White Heat” by Jimmie Lunceford comes close to the pace 😉

While this year’s event is canceled because of the pandemic, we look forward to seeing everyone at the 2021 Spirit of ‘45 event (August 14, 2021)

https://youtu.be/m4jdhS8n_rY

Performer(s): « Jimmie Lunceford » « White Heat » Audio : Very Hq - CD Quality Sound -- MP3 320 Kbps Album : « Jimmie Lunceford » by « Jimmie Lunceford » Gen...

Do you have Southwest Airline points ?  Please consider donating your points to Honor FlightHonor Flight is the organiza...
08/02/2020

Do you have Southwest Airline points ? Please consider donating your points to Honor Flight

Honor Flight is the organization that helps WWII Vets get to national memorials. They also coordinate getting the vets out to Spirit of ‘45 Day

https://www.facebook.com/100002273566820/posts/3211789242240163/

Donate your @SouthwestAir points to Honor Flight and help send our heroes to see the national memorials built in their honor. https://www.southwest.com/html/rapidrewards/promotions/donate-points-charity.html

The USS Indianapolis 75 years ago on July 30th, 1945, shortly after midnight,  two torpedoes from Japan's I-58 submarine...
07/31/2020

The USS Indianapolis 75 years ago on July 30th, 1945, shortly after midnight, two torpedoes from Japan's I-58 submarine slammed into Indy's starboard side and sank her in 12 minutes

1,195 sailors and marines on board.

Five days later, only 316 were still alive floating in shark infested waters. The ship had just delivered atomic bomb components of "little boy" to Tinian Island in the Pacific. Little boy was the second atomic bomb dropped.

Today, there are only eight Indy Survivors still living.

One of spirit of 45 founding members is one of those remaining survivors, Aldofo Celaya.

Some of you may have meet him over the years at History Park during Spirit of 45 weekend. He now lives in Arizona

Here is an old article from 2007 that briefly describes his time in the Navy.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2007/07/26/cassidy-true-w-w-ii-heros-story-isnt-pretty/

Some photos from today’s parade with 101 year old Wwii veteran Sidney Walton.
07/30/2020

Some photos from today’s parade with 101 year old Wwii veteran Sidney Walton.

The Spirit of 45 motor pool join  Sidney Walton for part of his "no regrets tour" along with Other local orginzations an...
07/30/2020
101-year-old World War II vet visits Bay Area on epic journey

The Spirit of 45 motor pool join Sidney Walton for part of his "no regrets tour" along with Other local orginzations and car clubs.
Sydney is a 101 year old WWII vet on a mission to visit all 50 governors.

Sydney was one of four Wwii vets who took part in the coin toss ceremony at this years Super Bowl.

God speed on the rest of your journey, Sidney!!

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.mercurynews.com/2020/07/29/101-year-old-world-war-ii-vet-visits-bay-area-on-epic-journey/amp/

Sidney Walton, a 101-year-old World War II veteran, plans to travel to all 50 states on his “No Regrets” tour.

Nimitz Freeway (Interstate 880) is named after US Chief of Naval Operations Fleet Admital Chester NimitzNimitz Elementar...
07/29/2020

Nimitz Freeway (Interstate 880) is named after US Chief of Naval Operations Fleet Admital Chester Nimitz

Nimitz Elementary (Sunnyvale) and Nimitz Middle (Los Angeles) are also named after Admiral Nimitz

Portrait of US Chief of Naval Operations Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz.

07/22/2020
Japanese American Museum of San Jose

Our friends over at the JAMSJ are showing some of their treasures and talking about Local Bay Area history. Check it out

Before the Japanese. Before the Filipinos. Before any other Asian community in San Jose, there were the Chinese. Did you know that five Chinatowns existed in San Jose? And did you know that the fifth Chinatown, Heinlenville, provided the nurturing environment that gave birth to San Jose Japantown?
Join us in an ongoing series to discover the historic and cultural treasures of the San Jose Japantown community through the Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown Augmented Reality Art Project

Rosie!https://www.facebook.com/1624495026/posts/10220359549451887/
07/19/2020

Rosie!

https://www.facebook.com/1624495026/posts/10220359549451887/

Have you seen our Cheboygan and Emmet Counties /American Rosie the Riveter Association's Fabulous Fabricated Rosie? And behind every great Rosie is a story... the gals contacted Rebel Metalworks of Elmira, MI, gave them the design, and let them translate it into sturdy metal as befits a Rosie! Rosebuds Angie Morthland and Karen Dunkelberg went to the shop and watched Rosie get cut out and welded together. The new ironclad icon helped the Chapter celebrate Rosie the Riveter Day 2020 in March in a low-key way with photos, since no events could occur. You might see the northern-tough metal Rosie at Chapter events in the future as well. When Rosie isn't helping the Chapter celebrate, she lives in Angie's garden. Great idea, gals!

Come check out Spirit of ‘45 Bay Area’s home base - History San JoseLocal history surrounded by the Beautiful park
07/18/2020
Historical Walking Tours of History Park

Come check out Spirit of ‘45 Bay Area’s home base - History San Jose

Local history surrounded by the Beautiful park

History San Jose invites you to take a special walking tour of the grounds of History Park.

Material culture for sale
07/17/2020

Material culture for sale

PAC*SJ's first garage sale of the summer is underway, and the early birds are finding their worms! Sale continues today (Friday 7/17) until 3pm, and tomorrow (Saturday 7/18) 9-noon. 260 South 13th Street, San Jose. Lots of 78 records, music-related books, and miscellaneous ephemera. All outdoors, social distancing and masks required. A beautiful day for browsing!

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1650 Senter Rd
San Jose, CA
95112

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https://www.facebook.com/thehuscreenacting/live/ We are going LIVE!!! Come and watch us commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Spirit of '45.
#spiritof45bayarea So many wonderful memories!
See our livestream this Saturday! www.thehusc.com/events/spirit-of-45
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!