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Spirit of ’45 National Day of Remembrance – Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
August 12, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm| Free
On August 14, 1945, World War II ended, marking the culminating moment of the greatest national effort in our history. We need to be thankful and remember what it was like to be American on that date when pride was at its highest point.
On the 73rd Anniversary, Sunday, August 12th, 2018, KEEP THE SPIRIT OF ’45 DAY, now a National Day of Remembrance, will be celebrated at our VMBP. Americans in thousands of locations across our USA will observe the historic moment by paying tribute to — and carrying on — the legacy of men and women of the World War II generation.
10:00 am – 12:00 pm MEMORIAL GARDEN: Big Band Music. The public is invited to dance, face painting and clowns for children.
11:00 am – 3:00 pm INSIDE MUSEUM: Where Were You on August 14, 1945? Veterans and Hometown Heroes present their stories to service with younger generations.
12:00 pm MEMORIAL GARDEN: Colors and National Anthem, Invocation by Stu Hedley, Pearl Harbor Survivor
San Diego Veterans Groups introductions
12:10 pm MEMORIAL GARDEN: Intro by Daniel DeMarco — Chairman, Spirit of ’45,
Museum Staff Introduction, Chairman and President of VMBP,
Pearl Harbor Survivors: Stu Hedley, Jack Evans, Ray Chavez
Bill Kehayias, B-24 rear-gunner, 40 missions, Pacific.
Byron Ayres, WWII Merchant Marine — VMMC Docent
Rod Braswell, B-24 Pilot
2 Rosie Riveters who live here in SD.
Elsa Ang — Navy (ret.) Filipino American Military Officers
and more, thanks to Honor Flight!
Holly Schaffner — Special Recognition to Honor Flight San Diego and other representatives followed by “God Bless America”
12:35 – 3:00 pm MEMORIAL GARDEN: Big Band Music. Public is invited to dance.
12:35 MUSEUM WEST PATIO: Food and drinks served on donation basis.
BIG BAND AND SWING DANCING, all activities continue, story telling inside and outside
2:00 INSIDE MUSEUM: WWII Documentaries showing
2:30 MEMORIAL GARDEN: Echo Taps. Programs End
Admission and parking is free.