Celebrate national ‘Spirit of ‘45 Day’

Published 9:34 am Thursday, August 11, 2011

Canteen truck used in England during WWII purchased by residents of Polk County. (photo submitted)

In 2010, Congress passed a resolution to commemorate end of World War II. They chose the second Sunday of August as a day to honor the efforts of millions of veterans who served during World War II. The name given to this day is “Spirit of ‘45 Day.”  The first “Spirit of ‘45 Day” will take place this year on Sunday, Aug. 14, which is the 66th anniversary of the day Japan surrendered, ending the second World War.
The people of Polk County showed their spirit by raising the funds to pay for a canteen truck. The truck, used in England, provided our World War II service people with a moment of relaxation and refreshment. Visit the Polk County History Museum at 60 Walker Street to see memorabilia from World War II and other conflicts involving our United States military. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
– article submitted by George Comparetto

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