On Friday July 25th we were so excited to host The Spirit of ’45 Tour as they rolled up to our campus in their huge, decorative RV! The Spirit of ’45 Tour is traveling the country to raise awareness and generate excitement for the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII next August 2015. Their goal is to Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive and carry on the character traits of our Greatest Generation to future generations.
We welcomed the tour by pulling out all the stops to celebrate our favorite generation. We opened the day with a beautiful ceremony by our lake complete with a Navy Corps Color Guard and reenactors!
We were also awarded with the honor of being the first Purple Heart Community in the country, (along with our sister communities at Raleigh and Hilton Head) recognizing our dedication to go above and beyond to recognize our veterans.
We were also able to honor and remember our WWII veterans by the playing of taps and a flyover by a C-46 WWII plane, one of two in the country!
The festivities continued inside community hall with a live swing band, professional swing dancers, a delicious buffet lunch, WWII memorabilia and a photo gallery! We were even treated with a speech from Colonel Quincy Collins.
It truly was a special day in the hearts of all generations who were present!