Memorial Day Special – The Spirit of ’45 Day – 70 Years Since the end of WWII, Hear Vets Share What Peace Means to Them.


Times Square Event

Program Description

• The Spirit of ’45 Day event will be held on 42nd-43rd Broadway Plaza in Times

Square to officially kick off the countdown to the events and activities that

will be taking place next year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of

World War II on August 14, 1945.

• The event will feature live ‘40’s music* and commentary by WWII era seniors,

representatives of veterans and service organizations, and youth leadership

groups, and conclude with a wreath ceremony and a performance of “Taps.”

• The event will require a 50 chairs for speakers and invited guests, a podium,

and a 6 ft Seward Johnson sculpture depicting the famous “Times Square

Kiss” (a 26 ft version is was brought into Times Square on the 65th

anniversary of the end of WWII in 2010.

• The event will feature an intergenerational group of veterans from WWII to

the present day, and those who have supported them on the Home Front.

These will include Pat Little, the National Commander of the Military Order

of the Purple Heart, Harriett Thompson, a 91 year old cancer survivor, who

has achieved national attention as a marathon champion, and Dr. Bruce

Heilman, 88, a WWII Marine veteran who has served as Chancellor of the

University of Richmond for the past 30 years and recently drove his

motorcycle from Virginia to Alaska.

• Walgreens will show a video mosaic of the famous Kiss photograph made up

of hundreds of wedding photos provided by WWII era couples that will be

screened throughout the day, “congratulating the Greatest Generation on the

anniversary of their Greatest Day.”

• Similar media events will be taking place at the giant Seward Johnson statues

depicting the Times Square Kiss in Sarasota, Fl, and San Diego, Ca, and at the

smaller life sized statues that are at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA, The

Landing in Branson, MO, and the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, HI.

• The press and the public are invited to attend the event.