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Schedule of Events • 75th Anniversary • Voices of WWII
Friends of the National World War II Memorial
Founded in 2007, the Friends of the National World War II Memorial (Friends) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to honoring and preserving the national memory of World War II and to creating the next Greatest Generation of tomorrow. Friends considers it our sacred duty to teach the lessons of yesterday in order to unite the generations of tomorrow. To meet this mission, Friends hosts an annual teachers conference in Washington, DC; sponsors an annual public lecture series featuring prominent historians; and collects and archives video interviews of World War II veterans and other members of the WWII generation. Additionally, Friends has the lead responsibility in planning, staging, and funding five or more major national commemorative events annually. Friends recently completed a four-year WWII 75th Anniversary Commemoration marking every major battle in which American troops participated during World War II, hosting more than 80 commemorative and educational programs since December 2016. Friends relies on private support to breathe new life into the Memorial and to ensure that it continues to serve as a living lesson for all Americans.
Friends of the National World War II Memorial COVID-19 Response
To see our response to COVID-19 and how it will affect our events, please click here.
If you would like to send a message to a World War II veteran who may be isolated during the novel coronavirus crisis, please click here.
WWII Memorial Commemorative Coin Campaign
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Saturday, October 24 at 10:00 a.m. ET
Monthly Virtual Education Conference Series
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Wednesday, November 11 at 9:00 a.m.
Veterans Day Observance
Wednesday, November 18
8th Annual Haydn Williams WWII Memorial Legacy Lecture
Monday, December 7 at 12:53 p.m.
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Saturday, December 12 at 4:30 p.m.
Christmas Caroling at the WWII Memorial
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Friends is grateful to the following Founding Sponsors for their ongoing commitment to preserving the legacy, lessons, and sacrifices of our Greatest Generation.