|The National World War II Reunion
is being produced by the Smithsonian
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in partnership
with the American Battle Monuments
Commission, and with the cooperation of multiple organizations,
including the Veterans History
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This four-day event consists of a series of tented
pavilions and stages, including:
- Homecoming Stage & Capitol Canteen Stage -
Sights and sounds of dance and music from WWII era.
- Wartime Stories: Voices of a Generation - Narrative
sessions and interviews on a variety of topics with WWII
veterans and war workers.
- Veterans History Project Pavilion - The
Veterans History Project at the American Folklife Center
in the Library of Congress
will present interviews, speakers, and exhibits that showcase
first-hand accounts collected from men and women, civilian
and military, who served during the war. Information on
how to write, record, audiotape, and preserve personal
histories will also be provided.
- Preserving Memories - Join experts from
military and other museums and archives, who will advise
veterans and their families on how best to preserve the
documents and material culture of WWII. Please
do not bring weapons, not even antiques!
- Building the World War II Memorial - Architectural,
engineering, landscape, and construction teams will discuss
their roles in the creation of the National WWII Memorial.
The City Museum of Washington will have an exhibition onsite.
- Reunion Hall - A place to socialize, relax
and reconnect with service colleagues.
- Veteran Services - Personnel from federal
agencies and organizations will have information on veterans’ resources
- Family Activities: Passing It On - Children
of all ages are invited to engage in hands-on activities.
- Military Equipment Display - Throughout
the Reunion site will be displays of WWII military artifacts
Friday, May 28 & Saturday, May 29
Salute to WWII Veterans Ceremony
Location: MCI Center, Washington, DC
May 28: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
May 29: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
* Please note - these events require tickets
and are currently sold out. For more information, please
Saturday, May 29
Location: Washington National Cathedral, Washington,
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
* For more information and directions, see: http://www.cathedral.org/cathedral/
WWII Memorial Dedication Ceremony
Location: National Mall, Washington DC
Times: 11:00am - Gates Open
12:00pm - 2:00pm -- Pre-show
Events (military band
performances, video presentations)
2:00pm - 3:30pm -- Ceremony
Please note: Seats are limited at the
dedication site but 20,000 additional seats on the National
7th & 5th Streets) are available for viewing purposes
(Metro Stop: Smithsonian). For more information see: http://www.wwiimemorial.com/
100 Days Following the Dedication
Please see the National World War II Memorial web site at http://www.wwIImemorial.com/ for
information about events being held in the 100 days following
the Memorial dedication (through 9/5/2004).