Each year, our D-Day commemoration celebrates the Museum’s birthday but also calls to remember the men who landed on the beaches in Normandy, and Americans’ responses all around the world upon learning about the actions of that day. This year, we feature WWII veteran Bill Clark, President of The Naval Minewarfare Association, during our commemoration ceremony. Additionally, visitors will have the chance to climb aboard our Higgins Boat along with many other opportunities throughout the day to learn about D-Day.
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.
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
Museum artifacts will be on display as WWII reenactors wear the uniforms and carry the equipment of both the Allied and Axis forces.
Commemorating the 20th Anniversary: A Symposium on Saving Private Ryan
Thursday, June 7 | 8:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.
Love Saving Private Ryan? Don’t miss our daylong symposium on the monumental film on Thursday, hosted by Museum’s Institute for the Study of War and Democracy.
Join D-Day scholars, film historians, and production insiders for enlightening sessions on the historical foundation and accuracy of the film, behind-the-scenes views of the making of the movie, how D-Day has been portrayed in other films since the war, and the lasting legacy that Saving Private Ryan has had beyond its awards and box-office receipts.