Sentimental Journey

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

#dday, #dday72, 29th Division, Bob Slaughter, D-Day, D-Day Memorial, GI Jive, gold star mothers, Jitterbug, short snorter, Tom Brokaw, Uncategorized, wartime love story, World War II, WWII / 09.02.2016

Hello Friends!Everyone loves a good love story. Even more so when the couple faces challenging circumstances that their enduring love overcomes. I’m a sucker for a good WWII wartime love story. Seeing how young love endured distance and the other challenges that come along with...

#dday, 320th Barrage Balloons, 761st Tank Battalion, African Americans, Black History Month, Black Panthers, National D-Day Memorial, Patton, Tuskegee Airmen, Uncategorized, World War II, WWII Black History / 02.02.2016

Hello Friends!Each February, the United States recognizes the accomplishments of African Americans through Black History Month. During World War II, the practice of segregating our armed forces applied most directly to African Americans. For those of African descent, segregation in the military most often meant...

#dday, #ddayfallen, 29th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division, artifacts, Charles Albert Rippon, collection, curation, dday letters, History, LCT-458, National D-Day Memorial, Uncategorized, Utah Beach, WWII / 12.01.2016

Hello Friends!I am excited to feature a blog written by our Director of Education, John Long. On top of all of his other job responsibilities, he’s been working tirelessly on reorganizing our collection while accessioning new artifacts at the same time. One of both of...

#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...