Celebrate the Spirit of ’45 at The Home Front Theater Showing of Air Force

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On Friday, August 17th at 1:00 pm, Long Beach will celebrate the Spirit of ’45, with the viewing of the classic World War II motion picture, Air Force. The movie is part of a series in this year’s “Home Front Theater,” presented at the El Dorado Senior Center, located at 2800 N. Studebaker Road, Long Beach. The Spirit of ’45 is a non-profit organization that honors the contributions of men and women who served during World War II. The organization celebrates August 14, 1945, which was the day President Truman announced the end of World War II.

Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske has partnered with the Spirit of ’45 and the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation to bring events to east side Long Beach that recognize the city’s unique history during the war time effort.

“There is a deep history of Long Beach’s participation in World War II,” says Councilwoman Schipske. “Our city contributed much to the war effort. We have generations of family members who hold dear memories of that time. These movies and newsreels are a great way to remind us of what it was like here in Long Beach during World War II and the sacrifice our residents made.”

The movie, Air Force, depicts the crew of a B-17 bomber arriving in Peal Harbor during the aftermath of the Japanese attack, and is sent to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines. Directed by legendary filmmaker Howard Hawks, the movie captures the drama that lead to the military involvement of the United States in World War II.

During the movie, Caremore will provide cakes decorated in honor of the Spirit of ’45. All attendees will have a chance to win two tickets to the Pacific battleship USS Iowa, now home ported in San Pedro Bay. Councilwoman Schipske’s staff will also make available VIAL of L.I.F.E Kits. VIAL of L.I.F.E. was recently launched in Long Beach by Councilwoman Schipske, and provides residents a simple, easy way to give their important medical history and prescription information to emergency first-responders during a 9-1-1 call.

Air Force will be played in the Bridge Room of the El Dorado Senior Center. Home Front theater continues through December 2012 with the showing of So Proudly We Hail on September 21st, Mrs. Miniver on October 19th, The Philadelphia Story on November 16th, and White Christmas on December 14th. All movies begin at 1 pm.

For more information on the Home Front Theater movie series, please call the Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske at 562-570-6932.

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