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The National WWII Museum Commemorates D-Day 70

 

Tuesday 25, March 2014

The National WWII Museum Commemorates D-Day 70

As the world comes together to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, The National WWII Museum, which originally opened as The National D-Day Museum in 2000, will honor, educate and reflect both in New Orleans and abroad.

Friday, June 6, 2014, New Orleans

Andrew Higgins Drive between Camp and Magazine Streets will be closed to all traffic on June 6, 2014 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Please adjust your route accordingly.

All activities are included with admission unless indicated otherwise.  All events are subject to change.

6:00 am - 7:00 am
H-Hour Ceremony
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center
Join us for an emotional commemoration of the Allied landings at Normandy at the exact time of the invasion including a presentation of  D-Day veteran oral histories from the Museum's collection. This event is free and open to the public.

8:00 am and 9:00 am
Early Showings - Beyond All Boundaries
The Solomon Victory Theater
This exclusive 4D film, produced and narrated by Tom Hanks, features dazzling effects, CGI animation, multi-layered environments and first-person accounts from the trenches to the Home Front read by Brad Pitt, Tobey Maguire, Gary Sinise, Patricia Clarkson, Wendell Pierce and more.

The following events will take place from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm:

D-Day Briefings
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion
Museum historians and curators will report on the action at Normandy throughout the day, allowing visitors to follow the progress of the Allies.          

Living History Corps
Battle Barksdale Parade Ground
Museum artifacts will be on display as WWII reenactors wearing the uniforms and carrying the equipment of both the Allied and Axis forces share their knowledge about the day-to-day lives of military men and women and the broader lessons of World War II. 

Higgins Boat Tours
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion
An extremely rare opportunity, visitors will be allowed to board the Museum LCVP or "Higgins Boat" as a curator explains the craft's role in the D-Day invasion.

Rockwall Adventure
Battle Barksdale Parade Ground
Kids can enjoy a rockwall adventure while Museum staff share the story of the legendary Pointe du Hoc Rangers at D-Day.

"What does D-Day Mean to You?"
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion
Share your thoughts on the lessons and legacy of D-Day. Select comments will be shared on the Museum's Blog.

D-Day Newsreels
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion
Experience the news of D-Day as those on the Home Front did through newsreels and film footage of the day.

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Oral History Showcase: Stories of D-Day Veterans
H. Mortimer Favrot Orientation Center
Hear first-person accounts of the day with video oral histories of D-Day veterans from the Museum's collection.

9:45 am - 10:15 am
Military Band Performance
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

10:30 am - 11:30 am
D-Day Ceremony
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center
This commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day will include representatives from the Museum, Allied countries, veterans and a local student who will honor the memory of a New Orleans soldier who lost his life on D-Day. The Victory Belles will also perform the National Anthem.

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Museum Birthday Celebration
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center
We take a moment to celebrate the 14th anniversary of the Museum's grand opening on June 6, 2000, with an annual tradition of birthday cupcakes.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
D-Day Veterans Panel Discussion
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center
A panel of D-Day veterans will share their first-hand experiences.

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Performance - The Victory Belles
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion
The Museum's Victory Belles will perform patriotic favorites for visitors.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Lecture and Book Signing - Dr. John C. McManus, The Dead and Those About to Die
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center
Acclaimed historian, Dr. John C. McManus shares the harrowing story of the famed Big Red One and their role in the assault on Omaha Beach in his newly released book.

5:00 pm
Final Showing of Beyond All Boundaries
The 4D film will resume at 10:00 am on June 7, showing hourly, with the final seating at 5:00 pm.

6:00 pm
Museum Exhibits Close to the Public
Exhibits will reopen at 9:00 am on June 7, closing at 5:00 pm.

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Andrews Brothers
Stage Door Canteen
Mistaken identities, madcap comedy, romance and musical treasures fill this sweet and hilarious show. It's 1943 in the South Pacific and, tonight, The Andrews Sisters headline the big USO show. But when a flu outbreak quarantines the girls, stagehands Max, Lawrence and Patrick, along with pin-up girl Peggy Jones, hatch a plan to save the day! Add spectacular dining by Chef John Besh and the American Sector restaurant for the ultimate experience! Purchase tickets http://wwiimuseum-marketing.createsend1.com/t/r-l-pujttyk-jjkylidkhj-u/ or call 504-528-1943.

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Outdoor Film Screening - Band of Brothers, Episodes 1 & 2
Battle Barksdale Parade Ground
This free film screening includes the first two episodes of the award-winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers shown outdoors in the shadow of the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. Doors open at 6:00 pm with a military band performance at 6:30 pm and showtime at 7:00 pm. The American Sector will be on hand with food and beverage available for purchase. No outside refreshments will be allowed. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets. Seating is first-come-first-serve. This event is free and open to the public.

Commemorative events will continue on June 7, 2014. View the full schedule of programming.

At Normandy

Guests on the Museum's sold-out 70th Anniversary of D-Day Cruise will attend the official commemoration of the anniversary of D-Day at the American Cemetery. Along with witnessing the ceremony, the group will pay private respects and walk the hallowed grounds where 9,387 Americans are buried.

Special guests on the tour include WWII veterans, Tom Brokaw, Rick Atkinson, Rob Citino, Donald L. Miller and more.

Find out more about unique travel opportunities with America's WWII Museum at ww2museumtours.org.