Sentimental Journey

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

#dday, #dday72, Allied Expeditionary Force, Allies, Australia, D-Day, Gold Beach, Juno Beach, New Zealand, Normandy, Prelude to Invasion, Sword Beach, Uncategorized, United Kingdom, WWII / 12.04.2016

Hello Friends!As we are getting ready for our event, Prelude to Invasion: Meet the Allies, we want to share today about the role of the United Kingdom and its former colonies Canada, Australia, and New Zealand in World War II and D-Day. United KingdomAfter realizing...

#dday72, Allied Leaders, Arthur Szyk, National D-Day Memorial, Some Necks, Uncategorized, WWII artifacts, WWII prints / 05.04.2016

Hello Again, Friends!In keeping with our theme of Prelude: Meet the Allies, this week’s post by John showcases a unique print of the Allied leaders. Check it out below:________________________________________________________________Delve into the growing collection of artifacts, photos, documents at artwork of the D-Day Memorial, and you...

#dday, #dday72, Allied Expeditionary Force, Bedford Boys, Bedford Museum, Cherry Blossoms, D-Day Memorial, Eisenhower, Homage, Omaha Beach, Prelude to Invasion, Tehran Conference, Uncategorized, Utah Beach, WDBJ / 29.03.2016

Hello, Friends! Homage on March 23, 2016Spring is probably my favorite time of the year—except for the seasonal allergies part. For us at the National D-Day Memorial, it means that water is back in the invasion tableau, the cherry trees are blooming, and that the first...

#dday, Baby Boom, GI, historical collections, National D-Day Memorial, Uncategorized, WWII, WWII abstinence, WWII artifacts / 23.03.2016

Hello Again, Friends!I hope that the title has caught your attention! This blog by our Director of Education, John Long, needs very little introduction, so I hope you all enjoy learning more about some items in our collection and the history behind them. -Maggie______________________________________________________________________Matchbox cover from...

#dday, #dday72, Bedford Boys, Bedford VA, Belding Hemingway, D-Day, Hampton Looms, Real Life Rosies, Rosie the Riveter, Rubatex, Uncategorized, Women in WWII, women's history month, WWII / 16.03.2016

Hello Again, Friends!Today, I want to continue celebrating Women’s History Month by sharing about Rosie the Riveters. And yes, Riveters being plural is intentional. Not only were there numerous renditions of Rosie the Riveter as seen in this fantastic video, but there were millions of...

#dday, #dday72, Carter Fisher, D-Day, D-Day Veterans, Greatest Generation, June 6, National D-Day Memorial, Navy, Necrology Wall, Sailor, Uncategorized, USS Arkansas, WWII, WWII veterans / 01.03.2016

Hello, Friends!Carter FisherIt’s with a heavy heart today that I post this blog. While it is a sobering reality that we are losing our WWII veterans, it hits even closer to home when it is someone that you know very well. Today, we found out...

#dday, #dday72, Bedford, D-Day, internship, National D-Day Memorial, Normandy Invasion, Public History, Uncategorized, volunteerism, volunteers, WWII / 24.02.2016

Hello, everyone! Today, we want to feature the men and women who put in thousands of volunteer hours each year to support the educational mission of the National D-Day Memorial to honor the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of the soldiers, sailors, and airmen who landed...

#dday, 320th Barrage Balloons, barrage balloons, Black History Month, Forgotten, Linda Hervieux, Uncategorized, William Dabney, WWII veterans / 18.02.2016

Hello, Friends!320th Barrage Balloon BattalionFor the past few winters, the National D-Day Memorial hosts a Lunchbox Lecture series by staff and guest speakers that cover a range of topics on World War II. It is one of the highlights of our slow winter season. While...

#dday, #dday72, 29th Division, 75th anniversary, Allen Huddleston, Bedford Boys, Bedford VA, D-Day, Dog Green Sector, Homage, National D-Day Memorial, Omaha Beach, Queen Mary, Uncategorized, World War II, WWII / 11.02.2016

Hello Again, Friends!Allen Huddleston during training with the29th Division 116th Regiment Co. AIt’s with a heavy heart that we publish this un-anticipated blog post. Yesterday, the United States lost the last of the famous Bedford Boys—the ones who valiantly stormed onto the Dog Green Sector...