On Aug. 6, graduates of the Baldwinsville Academy Class of 1945 celebrated their 65th reunion.
The group gathered for fun, festivities and a luncheon at Cross Lake Inn. They dedicated the reunion to the memory of their deceased classmates.
This was a class whose senior year was full of world-shaking events: the capture of Iwo Jima by Marines; the liberation of Auschwitz; the testing of the atomic bomb; the execution of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini; Adolf Hitler's suicide; the death of President Roosevelt; and V-E Day and V-J Day.
The Class of 1945 was the fourth class to graduate since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. At the time, male members of the class were slated to be drafted into the Army unless they had already been called to duty before receiving their diplomas.
Greetings were shared from those who were unable to attend: Margaret Kimber O'Brien of Maine; Natalie Clapp Barber of Arizona; Yvonne DeVaul Markham of California; and Virginia Crego Johnson, Dorothy Roberts Lunda and Marguerite Gallagher Juras, all of Florida.
The classmates renewed their friendships and shared memories. Hats off to them for making their reunion a reality.