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D-Day + 70 Years Commemoration
June 6-7, 2014

Eisenhower Presidential Library Campus

Friday, June 6

Event: Remembrance Ceremony

Military Re-Enactors

Exhibit Gallery Talks

Film: The Ritchie Boys

Talk: "Life as a Ritchie Boy"

Event: Exhibit Openings and Gala Reception

Saturday, June 7

Film: D-Day Plus 20 Years: Eisenhower Returns to Normandy

Military Re-Enactors

Exhibit Gallery Talks

Talk: "Eisenhower's 'Not So Famous' Last Words when Launching D-Day"

Panel Discussions: "Life on the Home Front" and "Life on the Battlefield"

Talk: "D-Day: Seventy Years Ago"

C-47 Flyover

Concert: Symphony at Sunset Annual D-Day Commemorative Concert

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 6

EVENT: REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY
9 a.m. - Eisenhower Presidential Library Campus

Presentation of the Colors Flag Ceremony
Allied Forces Wreath Laying
Order of the Day Reenactment
Rifle Salute

MILITARY RE-ENACTORS

Military re-enactors will be on the campus grounds both Friday and Saturday, throughout the day. Narrated weapons demonstrations will be held both days at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

EXHIBIT GALLERY TALKS

Gallery talks will be provided by the Eisenhower Curatorial Team at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday.

Be Ye Men of Valour: Allies of World War II
Library Second Floor Gallery

Forbidden Art
Library Main Floor Gallery

World War II Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes
Museum First Gallery

World War II Remembered: Exhibit Supplements
Museum Second Gallery

FILM: THE RITCHIE BOYS
2 p.m. - Visitors Center Auditorium

As teenagers they had escaped the Nazis. They trained in intelligence work and psychological warfare, and returned to Europe as US soldiers - with the greatest motivation to fight this war: They were Jewish. They called themselves "The Ritchie Boys.” Christian Bauer´s 2004 documentary tells a story that begins in Camp Ritchie, Maryland, the birthplace of modern psychological warfare, and it ends with the defeat of Germany in May of 1945. The Ritchie Boys interrogated German prisoners, defectors and civilians, collected information of tactical and strategic importance: about troop size and movements, about the psychological situation of the enemy, and the inner workings of the Nazi-regime. The surviving Ritchie Boys are in their eighties now. In this documentary, many of these remarkable, brave men share their memories.

TALK: "LIFE AS A RITCHIE BOY" by Dr. Guy Stern
4 p.m. - Visitors Center Auditorium

Guenther Stern, born 1922 in Hildesheim, Germany was the only member of his family of five who escaped and emigrated to the USA in 1937. In 1942, after turning 18, Guenther, now called Guy, was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was sent to Camp Ritchie and became a POW interrogator. Two days after D-Day, he arrived in Germany to interrogate German prisoners. He later received the Bronze Star for his "method of mass interrogation." After Germany's capitulation, he learned that his family perished in the Warsaw-Ghetto. Guy became a professor of German Language and Literature at Columbia University. Today he is Distinguished Professor for German at Wayne State University in Detroit.

EVENT: EXHIBIT OPENINGS AND GALA RECEPTION
5:30 - 9 p.m. - Eisenhower Library Courtyard (Reservations required by May 30)

A special gala reception will include a social hour with hors d'ouevres, remarks, exhibit viewing, dessert and concert by the Kansas State University Summer Choral Institute, and the opening of three new exhibits:

Be Ye Men of Valour: Allies of World War II
Library Second Floor Gallery, through December 2016

This exhibit tells the forgotten stories of the many smaller Allied countries during WWII and explores the important victories, defeats and causes associated with these nations and resistance groups. It is located in and complements the "World War II Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes" exhibit.

Forbidden Art
Library Main Floor Gallery, through Labor Day 2014

On loan from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum of Poland and the Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools in Michigan, this exhibit features photographs of art created by prisoners of the Auschwitz concentration camp. It was illegal for the prisoners to make art, yet many did so at great risk.

World War II Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes
Museum Temporary Gallery, through December 2016

New exhibit supplements featuring Operations Overlord (D-Day/France), Bagration (Eastern Europe), Ichi-Go (China), and Forager (Mariana Islands) will be on display through fall 2014.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7

FILM: D-DAY PLUS 20 YEARS: EISENHOWER RETURNS TO NORMANDY
10 a.m. - Visitors Center Auditorium

Reported by Walter Cronkite, this CBS special program commemorated the 20th anniversary of D-Day. It opens with Cronkite and Eisenhower at Southwick House, Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force. Eisenhower recalls the strategy of the attack and discusses the choice of Normandy as the site. At the Royal Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Eisenhower re-enacts his journey on D-Day, and discusses Winston Churchill. At Normandy, Eisenhower reconstructs the attack on Pointe Du Hoc and Omaha Beach, and discusses the landings.

MILITARY RE-ENACTORS

Military Re-enactors will be on the campus grounds both Friday and Saturday, throughout the day. Narrated weapons demonstrations will be held both days at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

EXHIBIT GALLERY TALKS

Gallery talks will be provided by the Eisenhower Curatorial Team at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday.

Be Ye Men of Valour: Allies of World War II
Library Second Floor Gallery

Forbidden Art
Library Main Floor Gallery

World War II Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes
Museum First Gallery

World War II Remembered: Exhibit Supplements
Museum Second Gallery

TALK: "EISENHOWER'S 'NOT SO FAMOUS' LAST WORDS WHEN LAUNCHING D-DAY"
11:30 a.m. - Visitors Center Auditorium

Timothy Rives, Eisenhower Library Deputy Director, discusses General Eisenhower's exact words when making the final decision to invade Normandy.

PANEL DISCUSSIONS: LIFE ON THE HOME FRONT and LIFE ON THE BATTLEFIELD
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Visitors Center Auditorium

Hear firsthand how World War II affected those at home and overseas. Women will share "Rosie the Riveter"-type experiences about entering the work force to support the war effort. Veterans will share accounts of landing on Omaha Beach and D-Day abroad. Veterans from the 16th Infantry Regiment, meeting at Fort Riley for a reunion, will be honored guests at the D-Day+70 events and have been invited to share their experiences.

TALK: "D-DAY: SEVENTY YEARS AGO"
4 p.m. - Visitors Center Auditorium

Nigel Hamilton, award-winning historian and biographer, will discuss this historic anniversary. His three-volume official biography of Field Marshal Montgomery won the 1981 Whitbread Award for Biography.

C-47 FLYOVER
5 p.m.

The C-47 was vital to the success of many Allied campaigns, in particular those at Guadalcanal and in the jungles of New Guinea and Burma, where the C-47 (and its naval version, the R4D) made it possible for Allied troops to counter the mobility of the light-traveling Japanese army. Additionally, C-47s were used to airlift supplies to the embattled American forces during the Battle of Bastogne. In Europe, the C-47 was used in vast numbers in the later stages of the war. More than 1,000 C-47s dropped paratroopers behind enemy lines as part of Operation Overlord.

CONCERT: SYMPHONY AT SUNSET ANNUAL D-DAY COMMEMORATIVE CONCERT
7-10 p.m.

This special concert will feature patriotic classics and Big Band favorites.

7 p.m. - 1st Infantry Division Band – opening act

8:30 p.m. - Salina Symphony Orchestra - headliner