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Special Exhibit — We Can … We Will … We Must! Allied Propaganda of WWII

On View Through February 16, 2014

"We Can Do It," "Loose Lips Sink Ships," and "I Want You" (accompanied by a pointing Uncle Sam) are sayings that have become ingrained on the American consciousness. These and other messages were employed in propaganda campaigns used during WWII to unite the American people toward a common cause.

The National WWII Museum is currently exhibiting some of the most famous propaganda posters from the era along with more obscure works, Home Front artifacts, newsreels and more as part of the special exhibit, We Can … We Will … We Must! Allied Propaganda of WWII.

The exhibit not only highlights the physical works of propaganda during wartime, it also explores how these slogans and images were created and how specific tools and devices were utilized to elicit a response.

Find out more about this and other upcoming exhibits at http://www.nationalww2museum.org/visit/exhibits/special-exhibits.html.

In His Own Words: WWII Veteran Visits "His" Museum with History & Heritage Tour

Omer Poorman, a veteran of World War II who served with the 66th Infantry Division in Europe, does not consider himself a hero, and he doesn’t like to talk much about his time in the service. He is quick to say that he was just a kid, doing what he had to do, like everybody else. At a very young age, Omer faced the terror of war. He survived the sinking of his troop transport ship in the English Channel, and by the time he was 21 years old, he had earned a Combat Infantryman Badge and Bronze Star.

Omer and his wife, Betty, Charter Members of the Museum, had been hoping to travel to New Orleans ever since his commemorative brick was laid a few years ago. This year, when thinking of a way to celebrate Omer’s 89th birthday, Betty and their son, Wayne, decided to surprise him with a History & Heritage tour.

Omer recalls, "This was the easiest and most enjoyable tour we have ever taken. Every detail was carefully planned. All we had to do was show up. I especially liked going Behind the Lines and being able to see and handle artifacts from the warehouse and vaults. The adventurous, like Wayne, climbed into the Army tank. Betty enjoyed seeing the brick my family had placed in the sidewalk in my honor. Other highlights were Super City of New Orleans tour, lunch at Emeril’s, and the Stage Door Canteen dinner and show."

Wayne adds, "The History & Heritage tour is an incredible hands-on experience like no other. I wish all World War II veterans and their families could have the opportunity to take this tour. Here, veterans are able to experience firsthand the thanks and gratitude, expressed by Museum workers and fellow visitors alike, for the tremendous sacrifices that they made on behalf of our country."

For more information on monthly History & Heritage tours, call 877-813-3329 x 257, email travel@nationalww2museum.org or visit www.ww2museumtours.org.

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