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Spirit of ‘45 at Iowa Veterans Home

April 3, 2014
The Spirit of ‘45 Express is shown at the Iowa Veterans Home Wednesday. The 45-foot long recreational vehicle is traveling America to alert U.S. residents about the significance of two dates: Aug. 14, 1945— the day Japan surrendered, marking the end of World War II and Aug. 14, 2015 — the 70th anniversary of the event.
Both dates should serve to remind Americans of the supreme sacrifice thousands of Americas gave to protect freedom, said Col. Robert King (Ret.) of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, which is helping promote the Spirit of ‘45 campaign.
Spirit of ‘45 also celebrates the 262,638 Iowans who served in all branches of the military during World War II and the 8,398 who gave their lives to defeat the Axis powers.
On Tuesday, Gov. Terry Branstad read and signed in Des Moines a proclamation proclaiming Aug. 14, 2014 as Spirit of ‘45 Day in Iowa and encouraged Iowa communities to conduct concurrent events on that day honor World War II veterans statewide. For additional information, visit


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