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Dear Fellow American,

When America was plunged into war the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941, history hung in the balance. The forces of tyranny were on the march. Britain and Russia were succumbing to the hammer blows of the Nazi war machine. The Japanese juggernaut in the Pacific appeared unstoppable.

Yet, with the smoke still lingering over Pearl Harbor, America united as never before. Overnight, the American people were resolved to one purpose and one purpose only: Final Victory.

Men, women, young and old, even children, had a role. Farm boys, lawyers, accountants, grocery clerks, indeed, men and teenagers from all walks of life joined the armed services by the millions. Women flooded the shipyards and factories to produce the arms of democracy. Children scavenged for scrap metal and rubber to help out. Everyone knew the stakes were high — defeat was not an option.

The entire nation came together with discipline, courage and self-sacrifice to achieve a great victory of good over evil. Over 400,000 of our countrymen gave their lives to achieve this victory. The entire nation did its part to see their sacrifices would not be in vain.

Today, this "Greatest Generation" is passing into the night. Their legacy is the legacy of freedom. It is our legacy. One which we should never take for granted. That is why I ask you to join me as a Charter Member of The National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

With your support, this long overdue memorial museum will be an enduring reminder to all Americans of the price the "Greatest Generation" paid to secure the liberty we as Americans enjoy today.

The story of the World War II generation is a lesson in freedom. The Museum will not only honor the “Greatest Generation” but ensure this lesson is passed down to future generations of Americans. Thank you.


Tom Brokaw

The National WWII Museum

Designated by the US Congress in 2003 as America’s National World War II Museum, The National WWII Museum is now carrying out a campaign to build one of the finest WWII museums anywhere in the world. When complete, it will be the only museum in America dedicated to telling the whole story of World War II from beginning to end along with the lasting benefits of peace and the spread of democracy since 1945.


Learn More About the Museum

Question? Call 504-528-1944 x 290.

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