AWON is a proud Founding National Sponsor of the Spirit of '45.

Edith Shain passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2010.
Warren Hegg writes about what she meant to all of us: Click Here!


Launched on January 18, 2010 at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California,
"Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive" is a year-long national campaign to raise awareness
of the 65th Anniversary of World War II (August 14, 2010) and to inspire
a renewed commitment to service and national unity in America.

Watch this page for updates throughout the year on events and activities
all over the country, as AWON joins History (formerly The History Channel),
U-Haul, and In The Mood as Founding National Sponsors.

Join AWON Founder Ann Bennett Mix, along with National Chairs Hugh Obrien
(Actor & Ex-Marine) and Edith Shain (the Times Square Nurse in the iconic Life Magazine photo)
for an historic Memorial Day Weekend, 2010, as we begin the countdown to the
65th anniversary of the end of World War II on August 14, 2010.

Help Ann and other AWONers lay the foundations for a permanent
National Day of Remembrance to forever honor the service legacy
of the men and women of America's "Greatest Generation."

For COMPLETE DETAILS on the weekend . . . Click Here!

To get involved, contact AWONs Spirit of '45 Coordinator Barry Barr-Finch: Click Here!

To learn more about the year-long effort -- and get the whole story . . .

• See the Spirit of '45 Website . . . Click Here!
• See the In The Mood Website . . . Click Here!
• Download The Star (March 2010) . . . Click Here!

Click above to repeat the sound clip!

Please help support the establishment of the Second Sunday in August
as the annual Day of Remembrance of World War II. There are several ways
to do it -- and this link to the Spirit website "Support the Bill" page will show you how!


So far, AWON has been represented by Roger and Sharon Connor at the kick-off in San Diego,
and by Ann Mix and Chickie Shields in stories yet to come. Just watch this page for updates.

For the text of Roger's talk at the kick-off event, January 18, 2010,
aboard the USS Midway Museum, download a PDF . . . Click Here!

The San Diego kick-off group on the USS Midway. Roger and Sharon were there representing AWON
and remembering their Fathers, PVT George Roger Connor and SGT William Edward Crowley.

Nearly 30 Pearl Harbor Survivors come to the San Diego Veterans' Memorial and Museum
to meet with "Spirit of '45" and AWON coordinators to plan a a "Spirit" event! Click Here!

Edith Shain, widely recognized as the nurse in the famous Times Square picture
talks about the iconic significance of that war-ending kiss! Click Here!

Note below: the picture of the statue of the picture of the kiss!

Download your invitation – and all the details – about a Special Reception
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix – featuring Edith Shain!
Check in for special hotel rates for AWON members! Click Here!

Thanks to the many volunteers who honored many of our Fathers
in the parade down Constitution Avenue on Memorial Day!
For pictures, Click Here!

Spirit of '45, along with the Times Square Alliance
hosts a special event in New York City on Saturday, August 14, 2010.
See many pictures of the celebration! • Click Here!

Edith Shain passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2010
Warren Hegg writes about all she meant to all of us: Click Here!


Edith would want us to press on, so watch this spot for other "Spirit" events, coming soon!

The much larger-than-life statue, "Unconditional Surrender" -- a celebration
of the well-known, in-the-moment photograh by Alfred Eisenstaedt taken in Times Square,
New York City, on August 14, 1945, is located just ashore of the USS Midway Museum,
where it all began for the Spirit of '45 celebration.

If you've been involved (or plan to be involved) in any aspect of the Spirit of '45 in your area,
please contact Judy Hoffman for staging additions to this page: Click Here.