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D-Day and the Museum's 17th Birthday
The National WWII Museum

We commemorate D-Day each year to recall the brave men who changed the course of world history on June 6, 1944. This year, as part of our daylong program of events, we'll feature an 11:00 a.m. commemoration ceremony at which WWII veterans will be honored for their service with French Legion of Honor medals. Additionally, we'll offer visitors the opportunity to climb aboard our Higgins boat, as well as many other opportunities throughout the day to learn about D-Day.

June 6 also marks the Museum's 17th birthday! Come enjoy a cupcake as the Victory Belles sing Happy Birthday.


Throughout the day— 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • 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 interact with visitors inside the boat.

  • D-Day Remembered
    US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center
    Experience the news of D-Day as those on the Home Front did through newsreels and film footage of the day.

  • Hands-On History
    Outside Campaigns of Courage Pavilion
    Curators exhibit uniforms and equipment used by American and German soldiers during World War II. Visitors are able to 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
    Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground
    Museum artifacts are on display as WWII reenactors wearing the uniforms and carrying 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 perform a selection of war-era songs.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Dr. Hal Baumgarten D-Day Commemoration
    US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center
    Ceremony commemorates the 73rd anniversary of D-Day and a Legion of Honor presentation to WWII veterans.

12:00 p.m.

  • The National WWII Museum's 17th Anniversary
    US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center
    Enjoy a cupcake after our Victory Belles sing Happy Birthday.

Can't make it to the Museum? Watch the events live.

For more information, call 504-528-1944 x 463.

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.

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM