Lunchbox Lecture Series Online

Join us for the 2021 Lunchbox Lecture Series on select Thursdays throughout the year.

The National D-Day Memorial Foundation is closely monitoring the evolving situation regarding COVID-19 and following the recommendations and guidelines of health officials.

All lectures will be held in real-time through Facebook Live and YouTube. Follow our Facebook page and YouTube channel for notifications. Lectures will remain available on the Facebook page following the event.

Upcoming Lectures:

Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET 

From Here to Over There:  Women in World War II

Free Program Available Through Facebook Live and YouTube

Join us as we take a virtual visit to the U.S. Army Women’s Museum (AWM) at Fort Lee, VA.  The AWM is the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of women in the Army.  The AWM Curator will give us a behind-the-scenes and detailed look at how the museum collects and interprets Army women’s history.  Using original documents, photographs, and artifacts, she will focus on the experiences of two women who answered their nation’s call during World War II.  Both Sgt. Dorothy Wise, Women’s Army Corps, and Lt. Peggy Greenwalt, Army Nurse Corps, have amazing personal narratives that are representative of the hundreds of thousands of women who served during this time.  You will certainly want to hear their stories.

Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET 

Angels of the Air: Flight Nurses of WWII

Free Program Available Through Facebook Live and YouTube

During World War II, 31 medical air evacuation squadrons helped tend to over one million servicemen between 1943-1945, a remarkable feat given that air evacuation was a relatively new concept at the start of the war.  Providing comfort and care to those patients were 500 flight nurses serving in the U.S. Army Air Forces.  Seventeen of these flight nurses were killed during the course of the war.  Discover the history, highlights, and perils of flight nursing in WWII through the eyes of Evelyn Kowalchuk, and the 818th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron, who landed in Normandy on D+3.  Her story, told by Foundation President April Cheek-Messier, sheds light on the little-known story of these pioneers in history and the difference they made for patients and the future of combat medicine.