Above: Edith Shain photographed being kissed by a joyous sailor in Times Square on August 14, 1945, that inspired the statue "Unconditional Surrender" that stands in front of the Midway.
Men and women who remember the day World War II ended on August 14, 1945, are invited to attend a special event on the USS Midway Museum on January 18, 2010 to kick off a year long public awareness campaign commemorating the 65th anniversary of the end of war.
The Spirit of '45 campaign is urging Congress to set aside the second Sunday of every August as a national day of remembrance to honor the legacy of our "greatest generation" and asking people to share their first hand memories of what they remember about the day the war ended and America took on the awesome challenge of rebuilding a shattered world. This Bill is now in committee! Young volunteers are being recruited to assist seniors upload their stories to the project Web site so that they can be preserved forever as part of America's permanent memory to educate and inspire future generations.
The national kick-off event is here in San Diego. 230 Veterans and hometown heroes will tell their stories to 230 school children. WWII Veterans and hometown heroes are invited to attend. RSVP Required: 877-814-1945
The Mayor's office, The Port, MCRD and military brass are informed, supportive and getting involved. Events in nearly every city in the USA will take part in similar activities which will become a nationwide coordinated event on August 14th. Allied Countries are joining us, Australia being the first.
A highlight of the event will be a "Class of '45 Reunion" photograph with special guest Edith Shain, the nurse who was photographed being kissed by a joyous sailor in Times Square on August 14, 1945, that inspired the statue "Unconditional Surrender" that stands in front of the Midway. We will close with a performance of live swing band music and singers from the '40's.
Edith will be joined by Hollywood legend Hugh O'Brien, and WWII veterans, elected officials, senior members of the major military branches and other VIPs.
RSVP Required: 877-814-1945