The Netherlands American Cemetery, The Netherlands - 16 August 2015 - Spirit of '45.

 

Spirit of '45 is an alliance of organizations and individuals that are working together to preserve and honor the legacy of the men and women of America's WWII generation so that their achievements and values will continue to inspire future generations - especially the youth of our nation.  

 

Spirit of '45 Day is observed on the second weekend in August, coinciding with the anniversary of August 14, 1945 - the day that spontaneous celebrations broke out around the world at the news that the most destructive war in human history was over and America immediately began laying the foundations for a better future for its children and their children's children, for both its friends and allies and former enemies.

 

 In 2015, the members of the Spirit of '45 coalition led an international commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, and are now working with groups that are commemorating the 75th anniversaries of important WWII events that took place from 1941 to 1945.