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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Remembering The End of WWII: Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II. With each passing year the memory of what was accomplished fades a little, as do those who actually made the sacrifices to win that war.  

Earlier this month, Edith Shain - the kissing nurse captured in the famous Life magazine photo - passed away at 92 years of age.

Shain [see photo insert] was the national spokesperson for an initiative called Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive, which is seeking to establish an annual World War II day of remembrance so that the nation doesn't forget.

Thousands of supporters of this grassroots effort are driven by a passion. They hope to raise awareness of the challenges and struggles that the Greatest Generation overcame to establish the current lifestyle enjoyed by the "Me" Generation.

"Every member of the World War II generation did something," said Babbett Horn, Maryland resident and advocate for Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive, "If they weren't fighting to save America in the war, they were doing whatever was necessary to support the war effort here at home. And when the war was over, they picked up the pieces of our country and rebuilt our nation. We can't lose that dedication."

Horn echoes that dedication as she has organized and supported events in her community to ensure the Spirit of '45 lives on and that the memories of that period are passed on as the survivors of the "War to End All Wars" pass away.

"Every 90 seconds, we lose a member of that generation. Our current generation needs to hear what was sacrificed for all of America during the World War II era. That is what our campaign is about, securing a day of observance on the national calendar so we never forget," said Horn.

This is a noble and worthwhile effort that needs all of our support. You can help by contacting your congressional representative or supporting a local Spirit of '45 event. For more information and details, please visit


  1. I contacted our Congressional Rep earlier this month. What a great campaign this is. Thanks for posting this!

  2. @Kim, indeed! It is a great initiative worthy of support. Thanks for what you've done!