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Indiana Spirit of '45

A 501c3 non-profit organization  Fed. EIN 47-3227931

Honoring the Hero’s

of the

Greatest Generation and All who Serve

since 2010 in

 Martinsville, Indiana

 

 

 

Indiana Spirit of '45 Board

"Indiana Spirit of '45" Board of Directors

Back (L-R) Jim Martin, Chaplain, USAF Veteran - Jerry Vest, Asst. Director, USAF Veteran

Bruce McKee, Founder/Director, USAF Veteran

Front (L-R) Alicia Shafer, Hospitality Coordinator - Linda Wilkerson Porter, Asst. Secretary  Jennifer McKee, Secretary - Zondra Kale-Griffin, Treasurer

Indiana Spirit of '45!” is part of a nationwide, grassroots, nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals who are working together to establish an annual day to honor the achievements of what is often referred to as America’s ‘GREATEST GENERATION’ so that their example of courage, self-sacrifice, can do attitude, service and national unity will forever inspire future generations of Americans – especially our youth.

 

Since the beginning of our organization in 2010 we have watched our "Greatest Generation" pass on at an alarming rate of one every ninety seconds and have strived to pass on their "Spirit" of Unity, Courage, Selflessness and Strength on to our state, community and nation.  At the same time we are also moving our focus to insure that our Korea, Vietnam, Cold War and those currently serving are being honored in the same way that our WWII generation is honored.

Our yearly program on the second Sunday of each August will always focus on passing on the Spirit of our Greatest Generation but will also ensure that those who have served since are celebrated and remembered for continuing on that same tradition and "Spirit".

 

 

 

 

 

 

We now have five buglers in our area, ready and willing to sound Live Taps for Military Honors, memorial services, national holidays and private services where the sounding of Taps is authorized.  Looking towards our future we will be looking to add an Honor Guard to our organization due to the fact that so many surrounding communities are loosing their Guards due to a lack of funds and/or volunteers.  

Since December of 2012 we have carried on the weekly tradition of "Taps on the Square" to honor the lives, service and sacrifice of those who served and passed on the previous week.  The ceremony began as a call went out to buglers nationwide to sound Taps for seven days at seven o'clock to honor the memory of the twenty-six precious lives taken during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.  On the last day a member of our community asked to have Taps sounded in memory of a loved one who passed...Taps on the Square began that evening and has continued every Friday evening, regardless of Weather Conditions.

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Our latest and most important program that we at Indiana Spirit of '45 have come out with is our "BATTLE BUDDY' Support Group, which meets every second and fourth Wednesday each month.   Our Men and Women who have served and are serving may leave the combat zone but are still fighting their own battles when they return, whether it is PTSD, depression, adjustment to civilian life or one of the many issues affecting our Veterans.   We accept everyone equally, regardless of era served.  We've had each other's six before, we still have it now.

Battle Buddy Support Group

Indiana Spirit of '45 programs and events are solely supported by donations of those who wish to see them carried on.  If you wish to support us please click on the "DONATE" button located below. Your donations are tax deductible.

A 501c3 non-profit organization  Fed. EIN 47-3227931

Indiana Spirit of '45