Education Resources

Serving a diverse population of more than 100,000 visitors during an average year, the Foundation tries to respond to the varied interests and needs of each one.  Tens of thousands of students from numerous states have visited the Memorial’s military tent (hands-on history) to learn about the soldier’s experience and about life on the homefront during World War II.  The program satisfies requirements set forth in the Virginia Standards of Learning and today the Memorial is one of Virginia’s top 20 school field trip attractions.

NEW Education Program – Virtual Field Trip: The Great Crusade: D-Day, WWII, and the Homefront

Live and interactive, this program will connect the classroom to one of the National D-Day Memorial’s education coordinators.  On June 6, 1944, the Allied forces under General Dwight Eisenhower invaded Normandy in the largest land, air, and sea assault ever to occur.  This began the Allied forces march across Europe to defeat Hitler and end World War II in the European Theatre.  This program reflects the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice exhibited by the Allied forces who participated in that historic invasion.  Using artifacts, the education coordinator will talk about what steps people on the homefront took to ensure that service men and women were getting everything they needed to be successful before looking at what supplies soldiers on the frontlines carried with them on D-Day.

Click here to make a reservation for this program. Or contact Felicia Lowrance at 540-587-3617.

The Memorial also conducts an annual public history series and enrichment programs off site and in community halls and auditoriums for students and adults.  Black history programs, women’s history events, and lectures on various other topics occur throughout the year and highlights subjects often omitted from typical overviews of WWII.  For more information on any of these programs, click on our links below and visit our calendar of events.


The information included here is intended to provide a framework for understanding the decisions and activities leading up to the invasion of Normandy at a variety of levels, from the Supreme Headquarters to the individual soldier, sailor, or airman. It is meant to provide insight into how each connected with and affected the other, and to humanize the complex story that is Operation Overlord.

Details about the planning and execution of D-Day included in boldface are taken from Operation Overlord: D-Day Day by Day by Anthony Hall. All other information, including quotations from individual servicemen, is taken from the correspondence and diaries of D-Day personnel included in the Archives of the National D-Day Memorial.

Click here to download Countdown to D-Day Pdf file

For more information about this project, please contact the Memorial at (540) 586-DDAY.

No part of this material may be transmitted or recorded in any form without written permission of the National D-Day Memorial. Classroom teachers may reproduce copies for classroom use only.


Click on the lessons plans below and use them in conjunction with the Countdown to D-Day information.