Our Greatest Generation

The Stars and Stripes Newspaper – August 15, 1945
~ special thanks to David Skipp

On August 14, 1945, President Truman announced the end of World War II.  To commemorate this anniversary, the United States Congress declared that a National “Spirit of ’45 Day” be observed on the second Sunday in August. 

Earlier today at Marlins Park, we celebrated the Spirit of ’45 by paying tribute to all of the remarkable citizens who bravely served our country in that time of peril, by honoring the remembrance of our soldiers and loved ones who served, survived and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the second World War. 

During a special pregame ceremony, twelve WWII veterans were honored.  Each veteran received a unique commemorative gift from the Marlins – a container of sand from Iwo Jima…interestingly enough, two of the veterans honored actually were at Iwo Jima!

Spirit of ’45 celebration at Marlins Park – WWII Veterans were joined by Marlins President David Samson as well as front office staff who have served our country.

Undoubtedly, a day like today makes me think of my two grandfathers, both who served during WWII.  My Grandpa Nystrom served in the Air Force, while my Grandpa Smith served in the Army.  I never had the opportunity to know either of them, but I have heard many stories and certainly feel very proud of them to know that their service helped ensure the freedom I enjoy today. 

Dean and Virginia Nystom – Des Moines, Iowa, 1944

Paul Smith – Missouri, 1942

A huge thanks to all members of our greatest generation, and as always thank you to those who have served and continue to serve the United States of America!

1 Comment

Awesome Angela !!

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