Abilene celebrates D-Day

D-Day, June 6

More D-Day events will take place on Saturday.  Here is a list belwo.

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

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