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Keeping the "Spirit of ’45 Alive" in Kansas City

August 28, 2015

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National Security Campus employees commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II by sharing stories of their loved ones, viewing photographs and documents with Truman Library historians and listening to WWII veteran Max DeWeese reminisce about his experience in the war.


The August 13 event was inspired by the National Spirit of ’45 Day, a way to honor the achievements of America’s "greatest generation" and their example of courage, self-sacrifice, and national unity. In 2010, Congress voted unanimously to recognize the Spirit of ’45 in August, coinciding with the anniversary of August 11, 1945, the day President Truman announced the end of World War II.

Seventy years later employees at the National Security Campus continue to carry out the mission that was paved by Truman and the veterans who served during WWII.