75th Anniversary Commemoration
In 2016, we marked the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, an event which propelled the United States into World War II and changed the course of our nation forever. And, throughout the four years that follow, significant battles and historic moments from World War II will also reach that 75-year milestone.
The Friends of the National World War II Memorial is now gearing up to kick-off an ambitious four-year World War II 75th Anniversary Commemoration from December 7, 2016 to September 2, 2020. The commemoration will be highlighted by reunions, symposiums, museum exhibits, and battle anniversary ceremonies.
As time marches on, and as we lose our treasured heroes of the WWII generation, it is ever more critical that we do everything we can now to remember, recognize, and honor the service and sacrifices of these men and women who advanced the cause of freedom for the world.
And, it is imperative that significant anniversaries of historic importance, like the World War II 75th Anniversary Commemoration, be the catalyst to spark the interest and imagination of America’s young people. With support, Friends is ready to ignite that spark that will demonstrate the potential of the American people when they are united in spirit, purpose, and commitment to a common and noble cause.
As part of the World War II 75th Anniversary Commemoration, the Friends of the National World War II Memorial will host more than 60 ceremonies, commemorations of battle anniversaries, and other special events to mark this historic period in our nation’s history and to honor the heroic men and women of the Greatest Generation and thereby help to preserve the national memory of World War II, our veterans and their families, and all those who served on the home front.
Taking part in these ceremonies will be our surviving WWII veterans, representatives of our Allied Nations, members of Congress, military leadership, and many, many more.
Of the more than 16 million Americans who served during WWII, less than one million of these treasured heroes are still with us today.
The World War II 75th Anniversary Commemoration is our last chance to honor, recognize, and thank the WWII generation who – through sacrifice, valor, dedication, and determination – preserved our freedom, saved our nation, and literally saved the world.
The Friends of the National World War II Memorial's WWII 75th Anniversary Commemoration is generously sponsored by AT&T.
Generous support has also been provided by the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation and Worthington Industries.