Press Release

D-Day 65th Anniversary Media Alert

 WHAT: The 65th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944 presented by Peoples HealthJune 6, 1944 and A Gathering of The Greatest Generation
The National World War II Museum in New Orleans will honor the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion at Normandy with a weekend of commemorative events that will memorialize and celebrate this pivotal moment in world history.
The highlight of the weekend will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 6: A Gathering of the Greatest Generation, a special “roll-call” ceremony when veterans from each of the 50 states will stand together to be honored by the Museum and as a tribute to those who are no longer with us. This commemoration will also serve as a poignant reminder of how few of these eyewitnesses to history remain.
Other free activities throughout the weekend, sponsored by Peoples Health, include:
• Veteran panel discussions• The American Belles singing patriotic and WWII-era music • A June 6 ceremony commemorating the 65th anniversary of D-Day Normandy and the 9th anniversary of The National World War II Museum • The Museum’s Living History Corps joined by reeneactors throughout the Gulf South region• Historical fun for the entire family, including activities such as Higgins boat-building, Airborne activities, and parachute making• A military briefing of D-Day and D-Day +1, highlighting the action of both days• WWII blank fire weapons demonstrations• Exciting displays of the machines that contributed to an Allied victory, the Sherman tank, halftrack and jeeps
WHEN: Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7 Thursday, May 7, 2009  
WHERE: The National World War II Museum  Andrew Higgins Drive between Camp and Magazine Streets    
WHO:  World War II Veterans; Dr. Gordon Nick Mueller, Museum President and CEO  Phil Satre, Chairman of the Museum Board of Trustees 
Clem GoldbergerAssociate VP, Marketing504-527-6012, ext. 355 (direct) 504-554-9400 (mobile)