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Pacific Battleship Center - Battleship USS Iowa
250 S Harbor Blvd, Berth 87, San Pedro, California 90731
250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA 90731
The Battleship IOWA Museum will be hosting a special 71stAnniversary Commemoration this Monday, August 14 to honor the day World War II officially ended. This is part of the National “Spirit of ’45” Day” to preserve and honor the legacy of the men and women of the “greatest” generation.
The one-hour ceremony will begin at 11:00 am. Guest speakers will include Bob Despain, USS Hoel Survivor, Howard Bender, Pearl Harbor Survivor and other dignitaries.
There will be a presentation of colors by the USMC as well as a special USO performance of 40’s era music.
“Pacific Battleship Center is dedicated to celebrating the American spirit everyday aboard Battleship IOWA but it’s extra important to recognize the Spirit of ’45 and the men and women of the greatest generations,” said Jonathan Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We invite everyone to come aboard and experience history first hand and pay tribute and personally thank those who fought and served to protect our liberties.”
Battleship IOWA is open to the public from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
For more information, please go to pacificbattleship.com
About Spirit of ‘45
In August 2010 Congress voted unanimously in support of observing a national “Spirit of ’45 Day” to honor the legacy of service of the men and women of the World War II generation. “Spirit of ’45 Day” is observed on the second Sunday in every August, marking the day President Harry S. Truman announced the Allied victory over Japan, and the official end of WWII. America erupted in celebrations of relief and joy, and then immediately took up the task of laying the foundations to assure a better future for both their allies and former foes. “Spirit of ’45 Day” provides an opportunity for all Americans to reflect on the achievements and values of the WWII generation, so that their example of courage, self-sacrifice, can-do spirit, unity and service to others will forever inspire future generations.
For a partial list of Spirit of ’45 day events and activities taking place around the country, please visit spiritof45.org
Event is subject to change without notice.