A 150-foot “Wall of Honor” was unveiled Sunday morning at the World World II Memorial. The wall, a pictorial of World War II veterans, is but one part of a series of nationwide Spirit of ’45 Day ceremonies to honor those that were soldiers during the “liberation of Europe.”
Speakers included retired four-star Gen. Frederick J. Kroesen, Jr., a former Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army, who marched across Germany in March-April 1945, and veteran Army Air Corps pilot Captain Jerry Yellin, who flew the final combat mission of WWII over Japan on August 14, 1945.
The Washington program at the WWII Memorial also honored the late Senators Daniel Inouye and Frank Lautenberg, the last WWII veterans to serve in the United States Senate. The two were responsible for leading the move to have Congress declare the second Sunday in August as “Spirit of ’45 Day,” commemorating the end of WWII on August 14, 1945.