Preserving the National Memory of World War II
During World War II, America’s sons and daughters, friends and neighbors – 16 million strong – fought on the battlefront to preserve freedom and civilization itself. At home, the entire nation united in a common purpose to support the troops and win the war. When peace came, more than 400,000 had sacrificed their lives. Unity, integrity, duty, courage, and sacrifice – this is the legacy of World War II and the “Greatest Generation.”
The Friends of the National World War II Memorial (Friends) seeks to keep the legacy of World War II and our Greatest Generation alive in the hearts and minds of our current and future generations through carefully developed education programs that will provide opportunities to teach our young citizens about the values and spirit of unity and shared purpose, which defined the character of our country during the war years.
There are many organizations and institutions that have created robust educational materials and curriculums centered on World War II.
Friends aims, not to compete with these organizations, but rather to create a network, a consortium of sorts, to expose teachers and students to a variety of resources and tools that will educate current and future generations about the everyday men and women whose character, courage, and determination not only led to the winning of the war, but also helped America become the strongest nation in history.
Through these education programs, Friends hopes to empower America’s young people with a heightened sense of community, civic engagement, and personal responsibility.
Additionally, Friends aims to ensure that the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC is the touchstone for all its educational efforts. It is Friends’ close association with the Memorial that makes this organization unique amongst all the other WWII-focused groups. And, it is the Memorial that provides Friends with the unique opportunity of ensuring that values and personal stories of the World War II generation symbolically reflected through the Memorial are passed on to future generations.
Friends of the National World War II Memorial
EDUCATION ADVISORY BOARD
The Friends of the National World War II Memorial’s Education Advisory Board is comprised of a cross section of educators who are helping to guide Friends’ education efforts.
The Advisory Board is charged with helping Friends to meet its mission of preserving the national memory of World War II while also meeting the needs of teachers in the classroom today and the required core standards nationally.
The Friends of the National World War II Memorial’s Education Advisory Board is a voluntary body that meets in person or telephonically 2-4 times per year to provide strategic advice to the Friends Board and Staff.
Daniel Arant (Annapolis, MD)
WWII Memorial Volunteer
Monique Ceruti (Arlington VA)
Chief Information Officer, American Battle Monuments Commission
Jennifer Epstein (Washington, DC)
Education Specialist, National Mall and Memorial Parks
Patricia Hay (Dallas, TX)
8th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Alex W. Spence Talented / Gifted Academy
Tim Nosal (Arlington, VA)
Director of Public Affairs, American Battle Monuments Commission
Shawn Stover (Washington, DC)
Instructional Superintendent, Cluster VI, DC Public Schools
Kristin Thompson (Alexandria, VA)
Education Program Coordinator, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Lauren Tims (Dallas, TX)
Pre-AP English/Language Arts, Spence TAG Academy
The Friends of the National World War II Memorial’s education programs are generously supported by the
Jack C. Taylor / Enterprise Rent-A-Car WWII Memorial Education Endowment.