Future Expansion

New facilities will help us educate the next generation about the legacy of D-Day and WWII.

John and Doris Fowler Family Motor Pool

The future John and Doris Fowler Family Motor Pool will include a library and conference room, temporary office space, and exhibit areas for the ever-growing artifact collection at the Memorial. Particular exhibits include a collection of Smithsonian quality restored World War II vehicles and artifacts, generously donated by supporter Lee Holland. Holland’s collection serves to highlight the underappreciated role of the mechanized Army during World War II.

The planned Motor Pool building will enhance the visitor’s experience and add a much-needed dimension to educational programming. The facility will be modeled after the ubiquitous Motor Pool buildings of the 1940s, designed with easy accessibility, adequate room for exhibits and collections storage, and much-needed indoor program space—as well as a balcony overlooking our soon-to-be constructed amphitheater.  Named after generous supporter Doris Fowler and her late husband John, the John and Doris Fowler Family Motor Pool will bring history to life and ensure new generations can discover what another generation did to preserve freedom for the world.

Robins Amphitheater

The future Robins Amphitheater promises space for large veteran groups and military reunions, military commissions, commemorative ceremonies, concerts, community events, as well as other functions to honor veterans – past, present and future – exposing the Memorial and its history to new audiences and allowing the monument to serve as a resource for our region. Named for the generosity of supporters E. Claiborne and Mary Ellen Robins, the 700 plus person facility includes a covered stage and future growth with terraced seating to eventually accommodate over 1,500 guests.

The National D-Day Memorial is excited about these opportunities for growth. Currently, the primary platform for educational programming is the monument itself, but like the Allied forces on D-Day, we are ready to move inland, beyond the hedgerows, and toward final victory. With carefully planned growth and a road map for the future, our mission continues.  These important additions will enable the Memorial to pass on the lessons and legacies of WWII for generations to come.

We are thrilled to announce that, in support of these initiatives, grants were awarded by The Robert G. Cabell III and Maude Morgan Cabell Foundation and the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation. These two grants, worth a combined $350,000, cannot be disbursed until the Memorial can match the funding. Any amount you contribute to these exciting projects will be matched by these grants, meaning your gift will have double the impact.

If you have ever considered making a Capital Campaign gift, now is the perfect time!  Only together can we fully leverage this amazing opportunity and bring Phase 1 of our Capital Campaign to completion.

Please consider giving today to help us ensure their stories live on. Donate using the form below or by calling 540-586-DDAY.