Long Beach Celebrates V-J Day August 14th With the Spirit of ’45 At El Dorado Community Center

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Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and Edith Shain in front of Time Square Kiss Photo

You can celebrate like it was the end of World War II all over again, Sunday, August 14, 2011, when Johnny Kleker and the Big Band plays the swinging sounds of those bygone days and you can dance the evening away at El Dorado Community Center. You will even get a chance to hear President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“August 14, 1945 is the day on which the Japanese surrendered, if you were in the United States,” said Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske. “With the time difference, it was already August 15th in Japan.

Whatever the time, it effectively ended World War II. There was dancing in the streets, and Life Magazine photographer Alfried Eisenstaedt snapped that famous picture of the sailor kissing the nurse in New York’s Times Square.

“That nurse was Edith Shain, who envisioned a national day of remembrance to honor the legacy of the ‘ordinary heroes’ of her generation, ”noted Schipske. “ I was able to meet Edith and she urged me to make certain to keep celebrating ‘The Spirit of ’45.’ Congress voted unanimously to observe a Spirit of 45 Day on the second Sunday of every August.”

The event starts at 4:30 p.m. with a special appearance from Franklin Delano Roosevelt followed by dancing. Johnny Kleker and the Big Band will perform live Swing music.

The music starts at 5 p.m. and continues until 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of Vitas Innovative Hospice Care. Vitas Innovative Hospice Care provides end-of-life care for adult and pediatric patients with life-limiting illnesses. Vitas is a national partner of the Spirit of ’45 campaign.

To honor those who served our country, Forest Lawn Memorial – Parks and Mortuaries donated a beautiful wreath that will be at the Rosie the Riveter Park on August 13th and 14th to commemorate the Spirit of ’45. The Rosie the Riveter Park is located at the corner of Clark Avenue and Conant Street.

For information, call (562) 570-6932

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