World War II pilot, Captain Jerry Yellin may be 90 years old, but on Valentine's Day he's a total rock star. He's the star of the "Gathering of the Spirit of 45" campaign, the first of its kind in the country.
To begin the seventieth anniversary celebration of the end of WWII in 1945, Captain Yellin holds a special place in history.
He flew the very last mission of the second world war over Japan. Not only did Captain Yellin pilot World War II's last mission, he also witnessed the death of the last person to be killed in the war, Second Lt. Phillip Schlamberg.
Schlamberg was also a pilot and was the very last casualty of the most destructive war in human history. He had a premonition of his death in a conversation with Yellin before the two took off to Japan.
Now in this role with the "Spirit of 45" Captain Yellin is a key part of the effort. To keep the legacy alive of the greatest generation, as they're called, the teenagers and twenty-somethings who won a war that changed the course of human civilization and then who came home, created the middle class and launched America into greatness. For this reason, the younger generation needs to hear these stories in person before they are taken from us.