D-Day 74th Anniversary and the Museum's 18th Birthday

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.

June 06 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Founders Plaza
Learn More + Add to calendar 2018-06-06 9:00:00 AM 2018-06-06 5:00:00 PM America/Mexico_City The National WWII Museum 945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 D-Day 74th Anniversary and the Museum's 18th Birthday 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.
Location: The National WWII Museum
945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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.

Programming

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.

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Victory Belles
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

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

 

11:00 a.m. – Noon

Dr. Hal Baumgarten D-Day Commemoration Ceremony
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

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.

 

Noon

The National WWII Museum’s 18th Birthday
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

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

 

6:00 p.m.

20th Anniversary Screening of 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 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.*

*Registration details available soon.