Join The National WWII Museum on June 6 in marking the anniversaries of D-Day and the Grand Opening of the Museum. Presented in memory of D-Day veteran and Museum friend Dr. Harold “Hal” Baumgarten, the 2023 D-Day Commemoration celebrates the Museum’s birthday but also remembers the men who landed on the beaches in Normandy on June 6, 1944. The 79th anniversary ceremony will feature Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia.
The Dr. Hal Baumgarten D-Day Commemoration Endowment, made possible by the generous gift of Karen and Leopold Sher, 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.
Special speaker will be Medal of Honor Recipient David Bellavia. Staff Sergeant Bellavia distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a squad leader in support of Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, Iraq. Especially meaningful is that his grandfather served in World War II and was part of the D-Day invasion.
Current military members and their families are admitted to the Museum free of charge for the day through the Blue Star Museums program. Complimentary admission also includes entry to the 4D film experience Beyond All Boundaries and Final Mission: USS Tang Submarine Experience.
Schedule of Events
- 10:15 a.m. : St. Augustine High School Marching 100 Performance
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center
- 11:00 a.m. : Dr. Hal Baumgarten D-Day Commemoration Ceremony
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center or online
- 5:00 p.m. : Reel History: Founded on Friendship & Freedom: The National WWII Museum
Solomon Victory Theater (Click here to register)