Sentimental Journey

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

#dday70th, artifacts, D-Day, education, Field Trip, Living History, National D-Day Memorial, Public History, Uncategorized, virtual learning, World War II, WWII / 05.01.2016

Hello Friends!I always enjoy New Year’s Day because it often feels like a brand new start. 2016 is no exception, especially for the National D-Day Memorial. After a strong year for the Education department in 2015, we are positioned to expand our educational offerings in...

#dday70th, Holiday recipe, Molasses, National D-Day Memorial, Popcorn, ration-era recipe, Rationing, Uncategorized, WWII, WWII Homefront, WWII Kitchen, WWII Recipe / 22.12.2015

This week, we are combining two of my favorite things into one blog post: Popcorn and Christmas.Popcorn was popular in World War II at Christmas. Not only was it used as garland on Christmas trees, but it was used to make tasty treats at the...

#dday70th, 1940s, Bedford VA, Christmas, Christmas on the Homefront, Cookie Cutter Ornaments, DIY, Frank Draper, National D-Day Memorial, Popcorn Garland, Uncategorized, Wartime Christmas, WWII Christmas, WWII Homefont / 15.12.2015

Hello, Friends!The National D-Day Memorial's 2015 Christmas Treefor the Festival of TreesEach year in Bedford, Virginia, our Welcome Center hosts an event called “Festival of Trees.” Businesses and organizations decorate trees throughout the Welcome Center and the public is able to vote for their favorite...

#dday70th, #pearlharbor, Blue Ridge Mountains, Fireside Chat, Japan, Jeanette Rankin, Luminaries, National D-Day Memorial, Nazi Germany, Pearl Harbor, Rationing, Uncategorized, Women in WWII, WWII / 07.12.2015

This week, we are featuring a blog from Ches Bono, one of our Visitor Services staff members, about Pearl Harbor since today is the 74thAnniversary of the attack. I’ll be back next week with a blog on a 1940’s do-it-yourself Christmas tree. -Maggie     ...

#dday70th, #ddayfallen, 101st Airborne, Arkansas, D-Day, D-Day Memorial, Gene Sellers, Harold Eugene Sellers, Jonesboro, Luminaries, Normandy, Normandy Invasion, paratrooper, Uncategorized, WWII / 01.12.2015

Hello again!We’re now less than two weeks away from our annual Flames of Memory luminary event at the Memorial. I walked in the Education Tent earlier and it was full with the 4,413 luminaries ready to be placed throughout the Memorial in honor of each...

#dday70th, #ddayfallen, 116th, 29th Division, Company B, D-Day, D-Day Fallen, D-Day Fatality, Ettore Zappacosta, Luminaries, National D-Day Memorial, Uncategorized / 17.11.2015

As we come into the beginning of the holiday season, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by our service men and women every day.  For soldiers of today and yesterday, the holidays were a reminder of their loved ones back home and the traditions...

#dday70th, Bedford, Bedford Boys, Christmas, D-Day Veterans, John Schenk, Luminaries, National D-Day Memorial, Uncategorized, Veterans Day, Virginia Tech, WWII, WWII veterans / 10.11.2015

Hello Friends!As I am sure you have noticed, fall does not necessarily mean that the National D-Day Memorial is not busy with events and school groups. However, we are starting to slow down a bit and are getting excited for one of our favorite events...

#dday70th, 5th Ranger Battalion, Alex Kershaw, Avenue of Spies, Bedford Boys, Cintas, D-Day, D-Day Memorial, Fostek Corporation, Remberance Day, Roger Neighborgall, Uncategorized, Veterans Day, WWII, WWII veterans / 03.11.2015

Hello Friends!Here at the National D-Day Memorial we honor those who participated in and pay tribute to those who did not return from the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944 in Normandy, France. While D-Day and World War II are the main focus of our...

#dday70th, D-Day, D-Day Memorial, education, Field Trip, hands on learning, hands-on history, History, Social Studies, Uncategorized, World War II, WWII / 20.10.2015

Hello, Friends!One of the things I love to do is to help students and the general public develop a deeper understanding and love for history. While I get to do this regularly with field trips and giving tours of the Memorial, I only have around...

#dday70th, 1940s, 70th Anniversary, butternut squash, fall, food, National D-Day Memorial, Recipes, Uncategorized, winter squash / 13.10.2015

Besides the changing leaves and being able to wear boots again, I love fall because winter squash is in season at the market. Winter squash is typically harvested in September or October and consists of butternut squash, spaghetti squash, acorn squash and many other variants....