SAN DIEGO–To celebrate the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in Balboa Park will host “Spirit of ‘45 Day” celebration.
The 10 a.m until 3 p.m. event will feature activities including WWII-era music, concessions, kids’ activities, and the opportunity to meet and interact with WWII veterans. At noon there will be presentations by Congressman Bob Filner, the author of the Bill, California Assembly member, Nathan Fletcher who wrote the California Bill, Congressman Duncan Hunter, and the City Proclamation by Mayor Jerry Sanders.
“We are celebrating the success of this Bill recognizing the anniversary of a day in our calendars that has been overlooked for decades,” says Dan DeMarco, event chair.
Hundreds of cities are set to participate in launching the Spirit of ’45 Project, a result of a year-long national initiative to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the end of WWII. The hub of the San Diego celebration will be at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center.
“This celebration encourages all veterans and hometown heroes to tell us about their experiences that day. We want our young citizens to appreciate what they will learn from our elders and pass this along to future generations,” says Capt. Will Hays, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Veterans Museum.
In the early Summer of 2010, the US Senate and Congress unanimously approved “Spirit of ’45 Day,” a new National Day of Remembrance to recall the victory celebrations at the end of WWII. Last year “Spirit of ’45 Day” coincided with the 66th anniversary of Victory over Japan or VJ Day on Sunday, August 14, 2011, but this year and in future years this celebration will occur on the second Sunday every August.
The Spirit of ’45 Day honors the legacy of service of America’s “greatest generation” and is mobilizing youth to help men and women who remember the day WWII ended to submit their memories to a web site where they will become part of the nation’s permanent memory.
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