WWII Resolution Passes in Congress

Today countries across the globe commemorate in various fashion the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II.  In the U.S. a campaign had been underway to establish a national day of remembrance.  Organized by a New York-based group called “Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive,” the campaign sought to have Congress establish the second Sunday of each August as a ‘recognized day’ (not a national holiday as such) to commemorate the efforts of millions of veterans in bringing the war to an end.  One of the individuals behind this effort was nurse Edith Shain, the woman behind the famous kiss captured in the iconic VJ Day photograph.   On July 26, 2010, the resolution passed in the House of Representatives, followed on August 5, 2010, by the Senate.  The entire resolution can be found below:

One Hundred Eleventh Congress of the United States of America AT THE SECOND SESSION Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday, the fifth day of January, two thousand and ten Concurrent Resolution Whereas on August 14, 1945, the people of the United States received word of the end of World War II; Whereas on that day, people in the United States and around the world greeted the news of the Allies’ noble victory with joyous celebration, humility, and spiritual reflection; Whereas the victory marked the culmination of an unprecedented national effort that defeated the forces of aggression, brought freedom to subjugated nations, and ended the horrors of the Holocaust; Whereas these historic accomplishments were achieved through the collective service and personal sacrifice of the people of the United States, both those who served in uniform and those who supported them on the home front; Whereas more than 400,000 Americans gave their lives in service to their country during World War II; Whereas, August 14, 1945, marked not only the end of the war, but also the beginning of an unprecedented era of rebuilding in which the United States led the effort to restore the shattered nations of the Allies and their enemies alike and to create institu-tions to work towards a more peaceful global community; Whereas the men and women of the World War II generation created an array of organizations and institutions during the postwar era which helped to strengthen American democracy by promoting civic engagement, volunteerism, and service to community and country; Whereas the courage, dedication, self-sacrifice, and compassion of the World War II generation have inspired subsequent genera-tions in the United States Armed Forces, including the men and women currently in service in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world; Whereas the entire World War II generation, military and civilian alike, has provided a model of unity and community that serves as a source of inspiration for current and future generations of Americans to come together to work for the continued better-ment of the United States and the world; and Whereas the second Sunday in August has been proposed as ‘‘Spirit of ’45 Day’’ to commemorate the anniversary of the end of World War II on August 14, 1945: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress supports the observance of “Spirit of ’45 Day.’

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