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Remembering World War II: A Series
March 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
One event on April 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm
One event on May 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm
One event on June 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Ages 13+. Join us each month as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War II. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sundays, 2-3:30pm at Belmont Recreation Center.
Mar 17: The Monuments Men
World War II presented an enormous threat to the cultural heritage of Europe and Asia. There was a concerted effort by the U.S. military to protect cultural objects and historic buildings from damage and theft. This led to the creation of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Section (MFAA). At the forefront of this group was a handful of dedicated service members known today as the “Monuments Men”. Throughout the war, and against tremendous odds, this small group was successful in their efforts to preserve thousands of years of cultural heritage.
Apr 7: Rosie the Riveter
With the advent of World War II, women flooded the workforce to fill the jobs in offices, factories and schools that men vacated when they joined the armed forces. The manpower needed to fight necessitated a break-down of traditional family structure and gendered roles, which had immediate and far-reaching consequences. From working on aircraft and ships in Hampton Roads to clerical work at the state level, women helped run the war machine from the home front.
May 12: D-Day
General Jack Mountcastle, military historian, will present “A Mighty Endeavor: The Liberation of Europe, 1944” about Operation OVERLORD, the code name for the invasion of Normandy, France. Discover the story behind the combined naval, air, and land assault by Allied Forces. Learn about the largest invasion fleet ever launched on June 6, 1944, commonly known as D-Day. Hear how this plan impacted the United States and the world at large.
Jun 23: Rags to Riches, The Story of Audie Murphy
Born to a poor family in Texas, Audie joined the army after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He earned 33 awards for his service, making him the most decorated American soldier of World War II. After the war, Audie became an actor and made 44 feature films, even playing himself in a movie based on his military service. Join historian Charles Wissinger as he presents the riveting story of Audie Murphy’s rise from poverty to decorated soldier and Hollywood star.