On August 15, women dressed as Rosie the Riveter welcomed 248 veterans and their families to a 1940s-themed party hosted by Goodwill Manasota (Sarasota, FL) to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Veterans from all military branches, wars and conflicts attended, dancing the night away to the sounds of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and the Andrew Sisters.
Students from the Sarasota Military Academy served the veterans dinner, and World War II veterans attended free of charge. The event gave the Goodwill®, and the entire community, the opportunity to thank those who have served. The three-day “Keeping the Spirit of ’45 Alive” celebration also included an opening ceremony near the Unconditional Surrender statue and a memorial service and wreath presentation at Patriot Plaza.
Dorothy Dedo, 94, one of 60 World War II veterans in attendance, had retired as a lieutenant commander in the Navy after 13 years of service – nine in active duty. She served in a number of capacities, including flag secretary to the admiral at Alameda, which had her delivering secret and top-secret papers.
“We believe it is important and appropriate to honor the ‘Greatest Generation’s greatest day’,” said Goodwill Manasota President and CEO Bob Rosinsky. “World War II forever changed our country and those who served should know that we will never forget their contributions – or their sacrifices.”
See more photos on the Goodwill’s Facebook page.