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

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: Marshall in 30 Objects

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. ET

Free Program

Available through Facebook Live and YouTube, and as a recording on both Facebook and YouTube 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 Cathy DeSilvey, Director of Museum Operations & Collections, George C. Marshall Museum and Foundation for this riveting lecture on General George C. Marshall and his influence from his graduation at Virginia Military Institute in 1901 to the Marshall Plan post-World War II.

Follow General Marshall’s career as a soldier-statesman chronologically through a series of carefully curated artifacts and documents from the George C. Marshall Museum & Library in Lexington, Virginia. Themes include military and civilian leadership, strength of character, work-life balance, and why he is not as well-known as other generals.


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 YouTube, and as a recording on both Facebook and YouTube 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.


World War Wednesday: Fighting with the French: The American Revolution and World War II

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. ET

Free Program

Available through Facebook Live and YouTube, and as a recording on both Facebook and YouTube 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.

“Americans will always fight for liberty.” This phrase comes from a famous WWII propaganda poster depicting soldiers from Valley Forge in 1778 and U.S. Army soldiers in 1943. Learn more about the American-French alliance and how these countries aided the other during the American Revolution and World War II during this joint lecture between Felicia Abrams, On-Site Education Manager with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and Maggie Hartley, Associate Director for Programming and Events with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation.