ALTON — Senior Services Plus and the Alton Park and Recreation Department are seeking participants for a Greatest Generation Walk that will commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II. The walk is part of a movement known as Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive!
The movement is a nationwide, grassroots, nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals working together to establish an annual day to honor the achievements of what is often referred to as America’s “greatest generation.” The goal is to showcase their example of courage, self-sacrifice, can-do attitude, service and national unity to inspire future generations of Americans.
The walk will take place at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater. Along with a commemorative ceremony, local veterans’ programs will be spotlighted and a wreath-laying ceremony will take place.
The process of picking up T-shirts will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Walk-up registrations will be accepted during that time frame. After the first 100 participants, a registration fee of $10 each is being asked. Bottled water also will be provided for all who register.
Veterans of any conflict will be honored at the walk by receiving a special Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive! commemorative pin provided by Vitas Healthcare. Volunteers will be available to assist participants with mobility issues.
National Spirit of ’45 Day provides an opportunity for America to say “thank you!” to those who served in uniform and those who supported them on the homefront, the men and women who were the “ordinary heroes” of the World War II generation who are now passing away at an estimated rate of one every 90 seconds. It is also a time to honor the memory of the more than 400,000 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice and never came home.
For information or to volunteer for this event, contact Senior Services Plus Events and Activities Coordinator Kim Campbell at (618) 465-3298, ext. 146, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.