On October 25, Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care, the Embassy Suites-Greensboro, and their sponsors, many of them Veteran organizations, hosted the Spirit of ’45 WWII Veterans Celebration Dinner. Over 100 WWII Veterans, including 4 women, were recognized at the event. Keynote speakers included WWII Veteran, retired Major General F. Lloyd Wilkerson, and Secretary of the newly created NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, retired Major General Cornell Wilson, Jr. Nearly 450 attended the Celebration. Honored guests included at least 12 Purple Heart, 12 Bronze Star, one French Legion of Honor, and one Distinguished Flying Cross recipients. Attendees include participants of D-Day (6 participants), Iwo Jima (two of the three saw the flag being raised on Mt. Suribachi), the Battle of the Bulge (8), a liberator of the Buchenwald Death Camp (1), and a survivor of the Bataan Death March (1). There were many more recipients of significant awards/medals, but bios were not available on everyone who attended. Everyone agreed it was a very meaningful event.