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Spirit Of ’45 Day At The Veterans Museum & Memorial Center
Above: Promotional graphic for Keep the Spirit of '45 ALIVE!
The Veterans Museum and Memorial Center will host the annual “Spirit of `45 Day” in Balboa Park on August 10, 2014. The celebration will include appearances by 120 WWII veterans and city officials, music, concessions and children’s activities.
“Spirit of `45 Day” coincides with the anniversary of the U.S. victory over Japan, or V-J Day. In 2010, Congress unanimously approved “Spirit of `45 Day”, a new National Day of Remembrance to recall the victory celebrations at the end of WWII. Celebrations will occur in hundreds of cities on the second Sunday of August annually.
“This is a special day to celebrate the victory and remember the sacrifices made by veterans of World War II and their families,” said Daniel DeMarco, event chairman. “Spirit of `45 Day recognizes the anniversary of a day that has been overlooked for decades.”
The public will be able to meet and interact with WWII veterans, including Pearl Harbor survivors and 100 WWII veterans from other cities, arranged by Honor Flight.
City officials including San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and former Mayor and President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Jerry Sanders are scheduled to introduce WWII veterans. Former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher wrote the “Spirit of `45 Day” bill and will deliver remarks.
“It is important to preserve the legacy of our nation’s heroes,” said Will Hays, chairman of the board of directors of the Veterans Museum. “We are pleased to honor this distinguished veteran both for his military and civilian accomplishments.”
The event is family-friendly and will begin at 11 a.m. and is free to the public. Celebrations will end at 2 p.m. with a bugler playing taps.
To volunteer, donate, or for more information, visit Spirit of `45 San Diego Facebook page or contact Dan DeMarco at (619)569-6230.
About the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center:
The Veterans Museum and Memorial Center is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization. It was established in 1989 to honor and perpetuate the memories of the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces and Wartime Merchant Marine. The museum preserves the legacy created by courageous men and women through exhibits and displays of historical documents, photographs, artwork, artifacts, oral histories, and educational programs. Located in the historic chapel of the old Balboa Naval Hospital, the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. There is plenty of free parking for visitors.