Date(s) - 05/27/2019 - 06/30/2019
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall
Opening on Memorial Day, this exhibition commemorates the beginning of the end of World War II commonly called D-Day.
World War II (1939-1945) was the largest global war in Earth’s history. Nearly every continent saw fighting as democracies, monarchies and communist states battled against the ambitions and racist ideologies of German dictator Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (1883-1945) and Japanese strong man Hideki Tojo (1884-1948). At least 60 million people perished in over 30 counties. Among the atrocities committed during World War II were the systematic effort to exterminate European Jews and the sexual enslavement of Korean, Chinese and Philippine women. The war came to its final conclusion when the United States dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese Empire.
The largest seaborne invasion in history happened on June 6, 1944 when US forces and their allies landed on the shoreline of the French region called Normandy. (The term “D-Day” refers to the day when a military action occurs.) The weather on D-Day made the landing even more challenging. However, the operation gained a foothold which the Allies gradually expanded over the coming months. German casualties on D-Day have been estimated at 4,000 to 9,000 men. Allied casualties were at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead.
This special exhibit highlighting artifacts from the museum’s collection that have a relevant connection to D-Day. These include a Medal of Honor, an American flag used at the invasion, photos and other items.
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