D-Day at the Museum

The Dr. Hal Baumgarten D-Day Commemoration Ceremony will mark the 74th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion.  

The National WWII Museum will mark the 74th anniversary of the Normandy invasion with commemorative events throughout the day, highlighted by the Dr. Hal Baumgarten D-Day Commemoration Ceremony at 11 a.m. in US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. 

The day's schedule: 


9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Activities below will take place all day.

Higgins Boat Tours
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, Level 1
Visitors will be afforded the extremely rare opportunity to board the Museum LCVP, or Higgins Boat, as a curator explains the craft's role in the D-Day invasion. Reenactors from the USS Alabama will interact with visitors inside the boat.

Hands-On History
Outside Campaigns of Courage Pavilion: European and Pacific Theaters
Curators will exhibit uniforms and equipment used by American and German soldiers during World War II. Visitors can pick up and try on original and reproduction helmets, uniforms, boots, packs, and other personal equipment.

Living History Corps and Artifacts from the War in Europe
Founders Plaza
Museum artifacts will be on display as WWII reenactors wear the uniforms and carry the equipment of both the Allied and Axis forces.

US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center Events

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Victory Belles

The Victory Belles will perform a selection of war-era songs.

11:00 a.m. – Noon

Dr. Hal Baumgarten D-Day Commemoration Ceremony

This ceremony commemorates the 74th anniversary of D-Day and includes a Legion of Honor presentation to WWII veterans. The ceremony will also feature WWII veteran Bill Clark, President of The Naval Minewarfare Association.

The Dr. Hal Baumgarten D-Day Commemoration Endowment ensures that Dr. Baumgarten’s legacy will live on in perpetuity and helps the Museum fulfill its mission to educate future generations about the events of World War II and its lasting impacts.

The Dr. Hal Baumgarten D-Day Commemoration Endowment is made possible by the generous gift of Karen and Leopold Sher.

Watch Dr. Baumgarten's Museum oral history here. An archived video of Dr. Baumgarten speaking at a Meet the Author event is below. Watch the 74th anniversary ceremony here.  


The National WWII Museum’s 18th Birthday

Enjoy a cupcake after our Victory Belles sing “Happy Birthday.” 

6:00 p.m.

Film Screening: Saving Private Ryan
Solomon Victory Theater

Join us for a screening of Saving Private Ryan to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its theatrical release. US Marine Corps veteran Dale Dye, who consulted for the film, will introduce the movie. In addition to Saving Private Ryan, Dye has lent his expertise to the film Platoon, HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific, as well as to the video game series Medal of Honor and many music videos with military themes. The screening is free and open to the public, but reservations are required for admission. Reserve here


Meet the Author: Dr. Hal Baumgarten