65th Anniversary Weekend presented by People's Health
The amphibious invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 was one of the most widely celebrated and costly Allied victories of World War II. To honor this significant blow in the battle against totalitarianism and New Orleans important role in that success, The D-Day Museum was founded in 2000. In accordance with a Congressional designation, the Museum became the National World War II Museum in 2005.
Known by many as Higgins boats, the flat-bottom LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) were just what the Allies needed to get men and supplies ashore on the shallow beaches. Higgins Industries in New Orleans not only designed the boats but they produced nearly 20,000 LCVPs and other vessels for the Allies during the war. Dwight Eisenhower himself told historian and Museum founder Stephen Ambrose that Andrew Jackson Higgins was “the man who won the war”.
On June 6 and 7, 2009, the Museum will not only commemorate the extreme Allied sacrifice that made victory at Normandy possible, but the Museum’s own 9th anniversary and connection to the invasion.
Are you a WWII veteran who plans on visiting for June 6, 2009? Click here for more information.
Schedule of Events -
9:00 am 5:00 pm
9:00 am 4:00 pm Exciting displays of large artifacts that contributed to an Allied victory, such as
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9:00 am 4:00 pm Information tables staffed by the Alliance Francaise
9:30 am 4:00 pm Historical fun for the entire family, including activities such as Higgins boat-building, Airborne activities, and parachute making
10:00 am 10:30 am First-person briefing on June 6, 1944
10:30 am 10:50 am
11:00 am 5:00 pm
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11:40 pm 12:00 pm
12:00 pm 1:30 pm
2:00 pm 3:30 pm
4:00 pm 4:30 pm