CLARINDA, Iowa -- At the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum there was a wreath-laying ceremony Sunday to mark 70 years since the Clarinda native disappeared. Glenn Miller was a popular band leader in the 40's who volunteered to serve his country in the Army-Air Force Band.
Miller's plane was lost on December 15th of 1944. His memory is kept alive in Clarinda. The house where he was born has been restored, and there is a museum to house his memorabilia, which was constructed next door to his birthplace.
"He was such a patriot," said Rick Finch, who is director of the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum. "He gave up his lucrative career, and ultimately, his life."
Jerry Yellin of Fairfield flew 19 missions over Japan in a P-51 in World War II. He has been appointed spokesperson for a group called "Spirit of '45 Alive," a group dedicated to remembering those who served in World War II. Next summer there will be a nationwide celebration of the end of the war.
"We're gonna try to get Glenn Miller's 'In the Mood' song to personify the spirit of '45 for the coming 70th anniversary of the end of World War II," said Yellin