Virtual Programs

Explore World War II history through digital programming for all ages offered by the National D-Day Memorial.

Funding has been provided by Virginia Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020. For more information, please visit www.VirginiaHumanities.org 

Upcoming Programs

Lunchbox Lecture Series: Angels of the Air

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

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.


Student Livestream: We Can Do It! Women in World War II

Friday, March 19, 2021 at 11:10 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. EST 

Free Program; however, registration is required. Register for the 11:10 a.m. program here and for the 12:10 p.m. program here.

Recommended Ages: 6-12th Grades

When thinking of women in WWII, usually Rosie the Riveter is the first that comes to mind. However, women served in many different roles during the war– in both the military and in factories. In this program, learn about the roles of women in WWII and hear stories of the women who supported the war effort.


Student Livestream: What is Memorial Day?

Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 11:10 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. EST 

Free Program; however, registration is required. Register for the 11:10 a.m. program here and for the 1:10 p.m. program here.

Recommended Ages: K-5th Grades

Memorial Day weekend often looks like cookouts and beach trips. But, why do we commemorate Memorial Day? Learn more about the significance of this holiday and how to honor those who died fighting for our freedom through making poppies during this program.

Lunchbox Lecture Series: A Brit’s View of Patton

Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST 

Free Program Available Through Facebook Live and YouTube

Join Martin Fisher, son of a D-Day veteran in the Royal Navy, as he examines the role of George C. Patton from the perspective of a British-born admirer.


Lunchbox Lecture Series: The Grave Registration, from its origin to D-Day and the battle of Normandy

Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST 

Free Program Available Through Facebook Live and YouTube

Live from Normandy, France, historian and tour guide Florent Plana discusses the lesser-known unit, the Grave Registration. Learn how this unique group originated and the unit’s evolution until its time in Normandy during WWII. Having interviewed more than 850 WWII veterans, Florent will share one of these testimonies, the story of John Moss. Hear Moss’s experiences and how being part of the 603rd Quartermaster Grave Registration Company affected him. Plana will also share stories of French civilians and the part they played in helping the unit.