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Armed Forces Day at The National World War II Museum

Events, awards and free admission for vets highlight May 15th observance

NEW ORLEANS (May 14, 2010) – The National World War II Museum will celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 15, 2007, with free admission for all veterans. The Museum, in partnership with the Mayor’s Military Advisory Committee, will also host a full day of performances and programs that are open to the public, plus displays and presentations from all service branches.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
FREE admission for all veterans
Large WWII artifact displays
Special exhibit - Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings

9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Military displays

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Beyond All Boundaries in the Solomon Victory Theater
Showtimes hourly. Purchase tickets at the box office, online at www.victorytheater.org or call 504-528-1942.

10:45 am
Performance – Jesuit High School MCJROTC Band

11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Living History Corps World War II reenactors

11:00 am
Armed Forces Day program
Presentation of the Mayor’s Military Advisory Committee Community Service Awards by Mayor Mitch Landrieu

11:30 am
Brunch Matinee – Let Freedom Swing!
Purchase tickets at the box office, online at www.stagedoorcanteen.org or call 504-528-1942.

12:00 pm
Meet the Author
Bruce Gamble, Fortress Rabaul: The Battle for the Southwest Pacific January 1942-1943

2:00 pm
“War Letters” A Spoken Word Program by Orlin Corey

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Live in the Stage Door – Kermit Ruffins
$10 cover at the door

Coming soon! D-Day anniversary, Museum turns 10 and A Gathering of the Greatest Generation

The National World War II Museum is preparing to commemorate the 66th anniversary of D-Day and celebrate the Museum’s 10th anniversary with a full weekend of events on June 5-6, 2010. The highlight of the weekend will be a special “Roll Call of the States” ceremony honoring the soldiers’ sacrifice. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, visiting veterans or families will be recognized on behalf of all those who served from their state. A representative of each state will recite the number of veterans who served from their state and how many remain today, a reminder of the urgency of preserving their memories.

Other weekend events include military band performances, weapons demonstrations, an exciting display of WWII artifacts, including a Sherman Tank and a Sing-along. Visitors can also experience the recently opened Solomon Victory Theater, featuring Beyond All Boundaries, a 4-D cinematic experience; the Stage Door Canteen, a recreation of a wartime entertainment venue and the American Sector – a Chef John Besh Restaurant.

Veterans who would like to participate in America’s World War II Museum’s D-Day commemorative events should call 504-527-6012 x 333 or register online at www.nationalww2museum.org.

The National World War II Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today. Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America’s National World War II Museum, it celebrates the American Spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and the Home Front. For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit www.nationalww2museum.org. Follow us on Twitter at WWIImuseum or visit our Facebook fan page.

 

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