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

Researching Your World War II Relative

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. ET

$10 per Device; Free for D-Day Society and Overlord Society members

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Dad never talked about his time in the Army. Uncle Frank was killed in Normandy. We know great-grandma was in the WACs, but that’s about all. How do we find out more about their service in WWII? Historian John Long will give some pointers in researching your WWII ancestors—where to look, what questions to ask, and why a fire in 1973 changed history for the worse.

Tickets are limited to 100 total connections. One ticket must be purchased per device that is used to access the program. A link to the workshop will be sent to participants in the confirmation email.


World War Wednesday: A Conversation About D-Day Across the Atlantic

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. ET

Free Program

Available through Facebook Live, and as a recording on Facebook afterward. 

World War Wednesday is an opportunity to explore the connections of World War II over time and space every other Wednesday in July and August of 2020. Each lecture will feature a different museum providing insight into these connections to World War II throughout history.

During “Conversations About D-Day Across the Atlantic” join the National D-Day Memorial (Bedford, Virginia, U.S.A.) President and CEO, April Cheek-Messier and the D-Day Story Museum (Portsmouth, England, U.K.) Curator, Andrew Whitmarsh, for a riveting live conversation about the history of the institutions, connections to D-Day, and more.


World War Wednesday: Fighting Among the People: Working with Civilians in World War II and the Global War on Terror

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. ET

Free Program

Available through Facebook Live, and as a recording on Facebook afterward. 

World War Wednesday is an opportunity to explore the connections of World War II over time and space every other Wednesday in July and August of 2020. Each lecture will feature a different museum providing insight into these connections to World War II throughout history.

Learn more about how U.S. military forces worked with civilians in the Pacific during World War II and in Iraq and Afghanistan during “Fighting Among the People” with Dr. Clay Mountcastle, the Director of the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Virginia. He is also a retired U.S. Army officer whose military service took him to Germany, South Korea and Iraq on assignments with the 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army 5th Corps and U.S. Army Special Operations Command.


Virtual Book Club: D-Day Girls

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Free, but Registration Required and Limited to First 100 Registrants

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Join the National D-Day Memorial for a discussion of the book D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose.

Support the Memorial and purchase your book through the National D-Day Memorial’s Online Gift Shop. If you purchase both D-Day Girls and The First Wave in the same order, shipping is free! Click here to buy your books today.


World War Wednesday: Woodrow Wilson and the World Wars

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Free Program

Available through Facebook Live, and as a recording on Facebook afterward. 

World War Wednesday is an opportunity to explore the connections of World War II over time and space every other Wednesday in July and August of 2020. Each lecture will feature a different museum providing insight into these connections to World War II throughout history.

Join the National D-Day Memorial and Andrew Phillips, Museum Curator, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library for this riveting lecture on Wilson and his influence on the World Wars.

In the aftermath of the Great War, Woodrow Wilson traveled to Europe to help negotiate a “peace without victory,” but his European allies had different ideas.  The resulting document was the Treaty of Versailles, a harsh and punishing list of demands by the Entente powers on a defeated Germany.  Wilson’s vision had been largely stripped away, excepting only a League of Nations to help prevent future conflicts, but which Wilson’s own nation would refuse to join.  The “peace without victory” would prove elusive and would sow the seeds for another global conflict less than a century later.


Virtual Book Club: The First Wave

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Free, but Registration Required and Limited to First 100 Registrants

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Join the National D-Day Memorial for a discussion of the book The First Wave: The Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in WWII by Alex Kershaw.

Support the Memorial and purchase your book through the National D-Day Memorial’s Online Gift Shop. If you purchase both D-Day Girls and The First Wave in the same order, shipping is free! Click here to buy your books today.