Sentimental Journey

Providing a Personal Perspective of World War II History and the 1940s American Home Front.

#75wwii, #dday, #dday70th, Bedford VA, Christmas, Flames of Memory, Luminaries, Member One Federal Credit Union, National D-Day Memorial, Sacrifice, Uncategorized, Virginia Moose Association / 30.11.2016

Hello, Again! It has been a very busy fall at the National D-Day Memorial with events, field trips, and even livestreaming programs for schools across the nation! With all of the busyness, we haven’t been able to post as many blogs as we would have liked...

#75wwii, #dday, 75th anniversary, Bedford Boys, MIA, National D-Day Memorial, POW, POW/MIA, Raymond Hoback, Rolling Thunder, Uncategorized, World War II, WWII / 14.09.2016

Often, we hear stories of those who made it home from war or those who paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting for their country. However, we do not always hear the stories of those who were captured or never found in conflict—our nation’s Prisoners of War...

#dday, #dday72, Corps of Cadets, D-Day, D-Day Memorial, Hokies, John Schenk, Normandy, Uncategorized, Virginia Tech, VT, WWII / 06.09.2016

Every year when school starts back, we eagerly await the arrival of over 360 first years from Virginia Tech’s Corps of Cadets for their annual visit. It is always exciting to watch the next generation of servicemen and women learn about the valor, fidelity and...

#75wwii, #dday, #dday72, Combat Engineers, D-Day, Donald C. Carr, Hill's Hellions, National D-Day Memorial, Navy, Navy SEALs, NCDU, Operation Overlord, Seabees, Uncategorized / 18.08.2016

My name is Victoria Carr. I am a senior at Mary Baldwin College as a history major and I’m spending my summer as an intern at the National D-Day Memorial. As an intern with the Education Department, I have worked closely with the school groups,...

#dday, Bob Slaughter, D-Day, Eisenhower, National D-Day Memorial, Normandy, Omaha Beach, Order of the Day, Top 10 Endangered Artifact, Uncategorized, VAM / 04.08.2016

On June 5 or 6, 1944, hours before embarking on the greatest invasion of WWII, American soldiers, sailors and airmen received a special message from their commander, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower. The printed “pep talk” informed the men that they were “about to embark upon the...

#dday, #dday70th, #dday72, 116th Infantry Regiment, Army Discharge, Bob Slaughter, End of WWII, National D-Day Memorial, Spirit of 45, Uncategorized, VE Day, VJ Day / 02.08.2016

On May 8, 1945 Nazi Germany surrendered to the United States and other Allies marking the end of the war in Europe. This surrender, known as VE Day marked the end of World War II for millions of soldiers and civilians. For the American soldiers...

#dday, #dday72, #ddayfallen, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, Company D, National D-Day Memorial, Roanoke Boys, Uncategorized, Virginia History, Walt Schilling / 01.07.2016

My name is Will Harris and I am an intern at the National D-Day Memorial. My main focus as an intern this summer is my research project which focuses on Roanoke, Virginia’s National Guard company. D Company of the 116th Regiment, 29th Division was in...

#dday, #dday72, Atlantic Wall, D-Day, Hedgehogs, National D-Day Memorial, Nazi Germany, Pas de Calais, Rommel, Uncategorized, World War II, WWII / 29.06.2016

My name is Tyler; I am a history major at the University of Virginia and am interning with the National D-Day Memorial over the summer. My primary internship responsibilities include the expansion and maintenance of our archives, giving tours, and assisting with our many education...

#dday, #dday72, Army Birthday, Flag Day, June 14, National D-Day Memorial, Old Glory, Uncategorized, US Army, US Flag / 15.06.2016

On June 14, the United States observes two special events in American history: Flag Day and the 241st birthday of the United States Army. [caption id="attachment_17287" align="alignleft" width="191"] Poster commemorating the 140th Flag Day on June 14, 1917[/caption] Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the American Flag...