Virginia World War II Heritage Alliance Commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the End of the War
A 70th Anniversary celebration of the Greatest Generation's Greatest Day will kick off on Friday, August 14 with a public "Kiss in" in Times Square, followed by a weekend of flyovers by WWII vintage aircraft, '40's style swing dances and concerts, and observances at events throughout the country. The weekend will conclude on Sunday, August 16, with a tribute in the form of a global wreath laying ceremony in the form of "the longest continuous wreath laying ceremony in history" that will begin in the American national cemetery in the Philippines, continue westward across Europe and the continental United States, and end at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii at the grave of the late Senator Dan Inouye.
Senator Inouye was part of a group of elected officials who led a campaign in the United States Congress calling for a new annual national "Spirit of '45 Day" to honor the men and women of the World War II generation, which passed unanimously in 2010. Spirit of '45 Day is now being observed on the second Sunday in August in hundreds of communities throughout America, including during virtually all Major League Baseball games.
The Virginia World War II Heritage Alliance will also commemorate the occasion by participating in the national wreath laying ceremony and individual institutions will host special events. The Virginia World War II Heritage Alliance is an association of Virginia based not-for-profit foundations, organizations, museums, and memorials whose missions contribute to the preservation of the history and heritage of the Second World War
Participating organizations include the National D-Day Memorial (Bedford, VA), Hampton Roads Naval Museum (Norfolk, VA), the Virginia War Memorial (Richmond, VA), the Virginia Holocaust Museum (Richmond, VA), and the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial (Norfolk, VA). Ceremonies at each of these sites will take place between August 14-16, 2015.
For more information about the Spirit of '45 Day and the National 70th Anniversary Commemoration, visit www.Spiritof45.org.