Museum Statement on Recent Events in Charlottesville

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The National WWII Museum expresses its profound regret over the recent disturbing events in Charlottesville, Virginia. The United States fought the Nazis in World War II precisely to rid the world of racist and violent ideologies that elevate some groups, and dehumanize and target others as unworthy. Over 16 million Americans served in World War II, with over 400,000 of our fellow citizens paying the ultimate price to rid the world of fascism. There is no place in American life for notions of racial superiority or supremacy, and certainly no license to carry out violent acts. The mission of The National WWII Museum is to tell 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. We will continue to offer Americans new ways to connect to history and honor the generation that came together for a common purpose, and sacrificed so much to secure our freedom.