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SPIRIT of '45 - a Swinging Tribute

  • THE NEW YORKER HOTEL 481 8th Avenue New York, NY, 10001 United States (map)

Join us as we celebrate the Spirit of America's Greatest Generation with a once-in-a-lifetime evening event in the ballroom of the historic New Yorker Hotel on August 12, 2017!


* Heroes Reception with WWII veterans (8pm)
* Meet America's Longest Working "Rosie the Riveter” 97yo Elinor Otto
George Gee Swing Orchestra - 3x big band sets from 9pm to midnight
* Dancing on large wooden dance floor
* free swing dance lessons by You Should Be Dancing...! Dance Center
* 75th Birthday salute to WAVES, WAC's and SPARS
* toast and re-enactment the famous "Times Square Kiss”
* Cash Bar and complimentary snacks

TICKETS: $45 for General Admission and $75 for VIP (see below)

* co-hosted by the United War Veterans Council, Brooklyn WWII Memorial, Big Apple Honor Flight, The HISTORY Channel, U-Haul
* promotional partners: NYC & CO, Prohibition Productions, NY Post, and New Yorker Hotel


The men and women of our WWII generation set the gold standard for individual courage, shared sacrifice, service to community and country, responsible global leadership, and national unity that continues to inspire America and the world.

Come dressed in your favorite '40's style attire - Sailor & nurse couples and Rosie the Riveter lookalikes are especially welcome!

We'll kick off the evening at 8 PM with a "Heroes Reception" for WWII veterans their spouses and original Rosie the Riveters,co-hosted by the United War Veterans Council, the Brooklyn WWII Memorial restoration campaign, Big Apple Honor Flight, the HISTORY Channel, U-Haul International and representatives of America's WWII Allies and countries they liberated in 1945. 

Meet decorated veterans of the Normandy landings, the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of Nazi death camps, and the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Meet "America's Longest Working Rosie the Riveter" Elinor Otto, who built airplanes from 1942 until her 95th birthday! 

At 9 PM we'll pay tribute to President Franklin Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms," a vision of world peace that inspired our Greatest Generation and is as timely today as ever.

Then be ready to dance until midnight to the Classic Big Band music of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, performed by the famous George Gee Swing Orchestra.  

Free lessons for beginners provided by the expert instructors of You Should Be Dancing Studios NYC. 

During the evening we'll be honoring the women who served in uniform during WWII by celebrating the 75th anniversary of the formation of the WAVES, WACs and SPARS.

Southwest Airlines and the Frontiers of Flight Museum arei bringing "America's Longest Working Rosie the Riveter" Elinor Marie Otto, 97, to lead us in a salute to the women who served with her on the Home Front, and announces a new Spirit of '45 initiataive to create a living memorial honoring their legacy.

We'll also be acknowledging the celebrities like Hollywood legend Jimmy Stewart and Major League Baseball stars Bob Feller and Yogi Berra who put their careers on hold and stepped forward to serve their country.

Later in the evening, we'll be raising a glass to the couples of WWII, the men and women who formed the families that are the Greatest Generation's greatest legacy., whose photos will be shown on screen as we re-enact the famous "Times Square Kiss" of August 14, 1945.



A Swinging Tribute to Our Greatest Generation
Saturday, August 12, 2017
All ages / 21+ to drink

481 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10001
(corner of 8th and 34th Street)
transportation: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, N, Q, R, W, B, D, F, M, to 34th st // LIRR, NJ Transit or Amtrak to Penn Station

DRESS CODE - Proper attire requested - Retro Chic, Vintage 1940s, Suits, cocktail attire, or biz casual



GENERAL ADMISSION: $45 per person
includes admission and complimentary snacks

VIP TICKETS: $75 per person
Includes: 1hr open bar (from 8 to 9 PM), preferential seating, and gift bag (see below)

VIP Gift Bag includes: 
* WWII 75th Anniversary Commemorative patch, campaign button, and lapel pin
• signed copy of "WWII & NYC" by author and historian Ken Jackson
• signed copy of "The Last Fighter Pilot" by Capt. Jerry Yellin, (flew the final combat mission of WWII)
• signed copy of "Hanging Out at the New Yorker Hotel, by author Joe Kinney
• souvenir program signed by "America's Longest Working Rosie the Riveter" Elinor Otto



For hotel booking information please call the New Yorker for reservations 1-800-764-4680 or click the special link below for this exclusive event.


Later Event: August 14
JAZZ HAUS: King Solomon Hicks