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Spirit of '45 Lives On in Briarcliff Manor

Briarcliff Manor Atria residents commemorated the end of World War II.

More than 65 years later, Briarcliff Manor residents aren't quick to forget about a war that had a big impact on the United States.

On August 12, residents came together to commemorate "The Spirit of '45," or the end of World War II.

Lawson Bowling, a Manhattanville College history professor, spoke about 'the greatest generation" and its impact on the country's history at the ceremony, according to a statement from Atria.

Said Resident Katherine Kottner said of the ceremony, “It was great.  The whole event was very communal and the décor was lovely.”

The Spirit of 45 campaign is a nationwide grassroots effort to pay tribute to the generation of Americans who lived through the war. Atria's World War II veterans were honored at the ceremony with ribbons and badges.

The ceremony concluded with a patriotic sing-a-long.

Resident and Veteran Jack Benson said he "didn't expect" the ceremony and thought, "It was very nice."


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