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National D-Day Memorial, The

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133 West Main Street
Bedford, VA 24523
Email:
education@dday.org
Phone: 800-351-DDAY

On June 6th, 1944 United States soldiers, in one of the most pivotal battles of World War II, invaded the French coastline in order to propel German soldiers out of Western Europe and lead the way for victory against the tyrants of that era. Dedicated on June 6th, 2001 by president George W. Bush, the National D-Day Memorial was constructed in honor of those who died that day, fighting in one of the most significant battles in our nations history.

The monument receives an average of 55,000 visitors a year and is a profound addition to America’s War Memorials. Initiated by D-Day veteran J. Robert “Bob” Slaughter, the structure encompasses 88 acres at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At its center stands a monumental forty-four foot tall arch, embellished by the military name, “Overlord,” that was given to the crucial operation. The arch is highlighted by a reflecting pool that surrounds a captivating scene that is symbolic of the arduous trudge soldiers made onto the blood stained beaches of Normandy, France.

 

 

Reflections on World War II from a Veteran’s Perspective
Grades: 3rd-12thLength: 45 MinCategory: HistoryTimes: May 9, 2018 11:10 am ESTMay 9, 2018 1:10 pm EST

As we approach Memorial Day, it is important to remember the sacrifice that is made for freedom. In this interactive program, you will have a unique opportunity to hear from a World War II veteran about his military service and the sacrifices made for freedom by himself and others. Questions can be directed before and during the session on Twitter by using @DDayMemorial and #DDayEducation or you can use the FieldTripZoom Zone interface.

May 9, 2018 at 11:10 am EST
May 9, 2018 at 1:10 pm EST

The International Museum of WWII

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We have always been the only museum in the world with an international collection of artifacts, letters and documents. Our programming, for students and the public, focuses on the human story in every country. We believe that viewing a cataclysmic global event that changed the world through only a national perspective is not enough. To fully understand, you need an international perspective.

Young People and WWII: Targets and Activists
Grades: 5-9thLength: 45-60 minCategories: American History, HistoryTime: May 29, 2018 10:10 am EST

How were young people impacted by WWII, one of the first so-called total wars? In some cases, they were targets of government policies and programs. In other cases, they became active agents of change, as members of resistance movements or as young soldiers and volunteers. Through original documents and artifacts, learn how young people’s experiences in Nazi Germany, Great Britain, Occupied Europe, and America compared during WWII.

May 29, 2018 at 10:10 am EST

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