07.27.10

House Passes Legislation to "Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive"

Washington, DC — Last night, the House passed H.Con.Res. 226, legislation co-sponsored by Rep. Schiff to designate the second Sunday of August as a day of remembrance for World War II.

“This legislation pays tribute to the millions of men and women of the ‘Greatest Generation,’ who contributed so much to ensure a better future for their children and grandchildren,” Rep. Schiff said. “I am pleased that the House passed this legislation and hope the Senate will act prior to Aug. 14, which marks the 65th anniversary of the war's end.”

On Sunday, April 18, Rep. Schiff met with Edith Shain and Warren Hegg of “Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive,” a campaign to honor the legacy of service of the men and women of America's "greatest generation." Shain, who recently passed, was the nurse made famous by the kiss in New York’s Times Square on Aug. 14, 1945, marking the end of World War II. Although the proud sailor was a stranger to Shain, their kiss was captured in a photograph and became the iconic image of America's elation for the end of the war.

More recently, on July 3, Rep. Schiff attended the Spirit of ’45 event at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, where he thanked and honored WWII veterans from all the military service branches.

“I hope this resolution will help to bolster awareness of the importance of coming together as a community and a nation, honoring service to others, and creating a sense of unity as we tackle the challenges and opportunities of the future,” Rep. Schiff said.

(Photo attached from April 18, 2010): Rep. Schiff with Edith Shain, 91, who was a 27-year-old nurse at Doctor's Hospital in New York at the time her infamous kiss was captured in a photograph by the famous Alfred Eisenstadt.