Spirit of '45 Travels Cross Country

By: Mollie Lair Email
By: Mollie Lair Email

You probably know the famous War's End Kiss picture of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square when World War II ended.

The Spirit of '45 is traveling from San Francisco to Washington D.C. with a statue of that famous moment.

Spirit of '45 is a group dedicated to remembering the World War II generation.

Not just the men fighting on the front line, but also those struggling and working together back home.

This statue is making its way down the D.C. parade route Monday along with 400 middle and high schoolers carrying pictures of World War II veterans.

This trip is dedicated to those men, women, and children who survived that generation and rebuilt the country.

"For a lot of folks in that generation it represents a time of relief, joy, hope that now the boys were coming home, families could be started, buy a house, soldiers came back and took advantage of the G.I. Bill, but at the same time from what we've heard from this generation is they were also sad that so many were not coming home. 400,000 plus men and women were not coming home," says Spirit of '45 National Youth Director Robert Corpus.

In 2010, Congress declared the 2nd Sunday in August 'Spirit of '45 Day' to coincide with August 14th, the day President Truman announced the end of World War II.

Spirit of '45 honored famed West Virginia native Chuck Yeager earlier this year with a lifetime achievement award for his service.

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