Soldiers packed on a boat during WWII

80th Anniversary of D-Day

Overview

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces launched Operation Overlord—the codename for the massive Allied invasion of Normandy, France—with more than 150,000 troops. Ending with approximately 20,000 casualties on both sides, those who took part witnessed one of the most pivotal battles against Axis forces and the beginning of a prolonged, costly, and ultimately successful campaign to liberate northwest Europe.

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day—a day now known as the greatest amphibious landing in history—The National WWII Museum will explore the epic battle through events on Thursday, June 6, and Friday, June 7, 2024, on its campus in New Orleans.

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80th Anniversary of D-Day

Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 6, 2024

6:30 a.m. | H-Hour Remembrance Gathering

 • Founders Plaza 
 • Free Admission, Registration Preferred

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9:00 a.m. | 29th Division Band Performance

 • Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground 
 • Included with Museum Admission

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9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Living History Corps Displays

 • Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground 
 • Included with Museum Admission

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11:00 a.m. | Dr. Hal Baumgarten D-Day Commemoration Ceremony

 • US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center 
 • Free Admission, Registration Preferred

  • This ceremony is funded through the Dr. Hal Baumgarten D-Day Commemoration Endowment, which is made possible by the generous gift of Karen and Leopold Sher.

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4:30 p.m. | The Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series Reception and The D-Day Invasion of Normandy Exhibit Open House

 • Louisiana Memorial Pavilion 
 • Free Admission, Registration Preferred

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6:00 p.m. | The Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Distinguished Lecture

 • Louisiana Memorial Pavilion 
 • Free Admission, Registration Preferred

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8:00 p.m. | Expressions of America

 • Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground 
 • Tickets Required

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Friday, June 7, 2024

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Beyond the Beaches: D+1 and the Battle for Normandy Symposium

 • Stage Door Canteen 
 • Free Admission, Registration Preferred

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80th Anniversary of D-Day

FAQ

D-Day and WWII Veterans Information

Should I register in advance?

It is highly recommended to register in advance so that we can guarantee reserved seating for each veteran and one companion. All D-Day and Normandy Campaign veterans in attendance will participate in a procession during the Dr. Hal Baumgarten D-Day Commemoration Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 6. Registration is online only and can be completed at this link.

What if I need assistance in traveling to New Orleans for the commemoration?

The National WWII Museum proudly partners with the Gary Sinise Foundation and American Airlines for the Soaring Valor program to bring WWII veterans, Holocaust survivors, and Home Front workers to the Museum at no cost to them and one companion. If this is something that you would like to utilize, please indicate this on your registration form.

My loved one was a D-Day veteran and has since passed away. How can I engage with the commemoration?

We are grateful for your loved one’s service and your commitment to honoring their legacy. We are asking family members of D-Day veterans who have passed away to register online so that we can be aware of your attendance. We will have an H-Hour Remembrance gathering at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, where there will be a special moment to remember those who have passed away.

Commemorative Event Information

Do I need to purchase any tickets to participate in the events?

The following events on Thursday, June 6, 2024, are free and open to the public, with registration preferred but not required:

  • H-Hour Remembrance Gathering
  • Dr. Hal Baumgarten D-Day Commemoration Ceremony
  • The Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series Reception and The D-Day Invasion of Normandy Exhibit Open House
  • The Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Distinguished Lecture

The following activities and events are included with the purchase of Museum admission on Thursday, June 6:

  • 29th Division Band Performance
  • Living History Corps Displays

Tickets are required to attend the showing of Expressions of America on Thursday, June 6, 2024.


Registration is required for the free symposium on Friday, June 7, 2024: Beyond the Beaches: D+1 and the Battle for Normandy.

Is there a rain date?

There will not be a rain date. Any events or activities that were scheduled to be held outside can easily be moved indoors. Any changes to locations will be communicated through signage and emails to registrants.

Does registering for an event guarantee a reserved seat?

Unfortunately, general event registration does not guarantee a reserved seat. There will be reserved seats for D-Day and WWII veterans with one companion each, as well as Patriot’s Circle members, for each event.

Visiting the Museum on June 6 and 7

How do I purchase a ticket to visit the Museum during my visit to New Orleans for the commemoration?

We strongly recommend purchasing tickets to visit the Museum in advance for a smoother visit. You can purchase tickets here. There will also be tickets available for purchase day-of at the Museum.

I am planning a multiday trip to visit the Museum for this commemoration. Where should I stay?

Located on the Museum’s campus is The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center, the official hotel of The National WWII Museum. For more information and resources for visiting New Orleans, find more information from New Orleans and Company at www.neworleans.com.

Come explore, remember, and reflect on World War II through exclusive access to the Museum’s campus via our Experience The Victory Tour! The National WWII 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—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience a custom program at this world-class institution!

80th Anniversary of D-Day

Veteran and Family Call Out

Calling all D-Day and WWII veterans! Please join us this June at The National WWII Museum to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of D-Day at the museum that was built in your honor. Register online at to tell us more about your service, the events you are interested in attending, and how we can help you plan your visit.

Family members of D-Day veterans who have passed away are also welcome to join in this milestone commemoration. Register online at to tell us more about your loved one’s service and the events you are interested in attending.