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Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST
In August 1942, the Allies staged a raid on the coast of France, in part to test the tactics and weaponry needed for a Cross-Channel Invasion. The raid did not, to say the least, go as planned. What were the lessons of the costly Dieppe Raid, and how were they applied two years later on D-Day? National D-Day Memorial guide Richard Elder, the son of a D-Day tanker, will unfold how Allied leaders used the painful experience of Dieppe to fight a better war.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 11:10 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. EST
Recommended Ages: 3rd-7th Grades
Looking ahead to President’s Day, learn about the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who also served as a U.S. Army General in World War II and even planned the D-Day invasion!
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST
Join author and free-lance journalist Alexis Clark as she shares the story of Elinor Powell and Frederick Albert, an unlikely love story between an African American nurse and a German POW during WWII. In her book, Enemies in Love, Clark sheds light on the history and discrimination of African American nurses during the war as well as the life of German POWs in the United States. Enemies in Love explores the impact of segregation and Jim Crow in America and how one couple defied the odds to fall in love.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. EST
Free Program through Facebook Live and YouTube. A recording will be available on both afterward.
Join the National D-Day Memorial for a discussion of All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST
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.
Friday, March 19, 2021 at 11:10 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. EST
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.
Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 11:10 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. EST
Recommended Ages: K-5th Grades