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Help to Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive!

June 17, 2015 02:27 PM

This August marks the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII,  and Park Ridge will honor the legacy of that generation and its sacrifice during National Spirit of '45 Weekend, August 14 – 16.

A committee of dedicated volunteers, in partnership with the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce, the Park Ridge Public Library, the Park Ridge Historical Society, Maine East High School, and other organizations, has been working for months to organize a series of special events and commemorations as part of the anniversary.


Among the highlights for this coming August:

·         2nd Floor display at the Library: Park Ridge During the War 
Featuring historical photos, documents, and memorabilia related to the Douglas Plant, the Maine Flyer, and more. (Through August)
·         Saving Private Ryan (feature film) at the historic Pickwick Theatre on Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00 
·         Special Events at Hodges Park On Friday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m.: USO Review, Skyliners Big Band,
        and more!
·         Wreath Laying and rededication of American Legion WWII Memorial on Saturday, August 15 at 10:00
        a.m. at South Park
·         Untold Stories of WWII: "Rosie the Riveter" and "The Japanese-American Experience" at the Park  
        Ridge Community Church on Saturday, August 15 at 2:00 p.m.


The Spirit of 45 Park Ridge committee welcomes donations to help pay for these events, as well as the cost of refurbishing the American Legion memorial. Interested parties can visit the following site to make a donation: www.prcommunityfund.org/spirit-of-45.

You can also find up-to-date information on events taking place all around town during the weekend by visiting "Spirit of 45 Park Ridge" on Facebook: www.facebook.com/spiritof45parkridge

For more information on other programs related to the Spirit of ’45 weekend being held at the Library, please call (847)720-3209.


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