2015-09-03 / Lifestyles

Ceremony commemorates WII’s ‘Spirit of ’45’ Day


Above, a wreath, donated by Lisa Demers, of the Flower Shop in Manistique, and Joel and Sherri Krause, is presented during the Spirit of ’45 Day ceremony in Milwaukee recently. 
Courtesy photo Above, a wreath, donated by Lisa Demers, of the Flower Shop in Manistique, and Joel and Sherri Krause, is presented during the Spirit of ’45 Day ceremony in Milwaukee recently. Courtesy photo MILWAUKEE – The United States Coast Guard Station Milwaukee recently held a ceremonial observance of the Spirit of ‘45 Day.

This day honors the men and women of the WWII generation on the 70th anniversary of Aug. 14, 1945 – the day the war ended and the healing of the world began.

It was the greatest generation’s “Greatest Day.” Communities across America pay tribute during this day to the “ordinary heroes” of the past century by remembering what they achieved for the country and the world, and the sacrifices they made so many years ago.

More than 60 veterans and guests gathered at the water’s edge for the ceremony, which included a presentation of colors, along with TAPS and a wreath laying. WWII Coasties got “underway” with the crew for the laying of the wreath in a formal ceremony.

Following the ceremony, veterans enjoyed a catered lunch by the DAVA, and dancers from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio performed popular dances from 1945.

Zoe Krause-Kaminski, a recreation therapist of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, planned and emceed the program, while her husband, BM1 Anthony Kaminski, organized the ceremony setting.

Lisa Demers, of the Flower Shop in Manistique, and Joel and Sherri Krause, donated the wreath for the ceremony.

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