Spirit of ‘45

Spirit of ‘45

Keeping the Spirit Alive

Spirit of ’45 is an All-American-style summer community event honoring senior veterans, and celebrating the end of World War II. It’s a two-day tribute of joy, tears and gratitude for our nation’s heroes who lived, served and sometimes died to protect our country.

Our residents enjoying the open skies thanks to the Vital Life Foundation and Ageless Aviation.

Each year, hundreds of veterans, family members, friends and community residents gather at Aurora State Airport near Portland, Ore., for a commemorative ceremony, inspirational speeches, surprise activities and an All-American picnic lunch. Through a partnership with the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, veterans are given rides in a vintage Boeing Stearman biplane.