RI Arsenal to Keep Spirit of 1945 Alive
This weekend marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, and people around the country are paying tribute. On Sunday, the Rock Island Arsenal will participate in the National Spirit of '45 Day, by holding a wreath laying ceremony at the National Cemetery.
Warren Hegg is the National Coordinator of the Spirit of '45 Day. He says it's a grassroots effort by organizations and individuals to restore the World War generation's attitude and spirit of community.
On Saturday, about 100 World War II-era planes will fly over communities across the country. And, thousands of people are expected to dress up as Rosie the Riveter, to celebrate the women who worked at home during the war.
But, Hegg says even the smallest events this weekend are important.
In 2010, Congress unanimously voted in favor of Spirit of '45 Day, to be observed on every second Sunday in August. It coincides with the anniversary of August 14, 1945, the day President Truman announced the end of World War II.
This is the first year Arsenal Island will recognize the day. Veterans and relatives will lay a wreath for World War II veterans buried at the National Cemetery, on Sunday at 11 am.