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Happy Halloween from your Friends at the National World War II Memorial! In the spirit of all things spooky, it feels fitting to take a look at the so-called “Ghost Army” of World War II. During World War II, the Allied Armies deployed a tactical deception unit known as the “Ghost Army.” Officially called the […]

On December 7, 1941, when the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service attacked the U.S. Naval Station Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, at 12:53 p.m. EST, three scheduled NFL games were underway. The Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants were playing at New York’s Polo Grounds, where the announcer interrupted his commentary to tell all […]

Last month, the Friends of the National World War II Memorial (Friends) hosted its Fourth Annual Teachers Conference in Washington, D.C. Friends was pleased to welcome 57 teachers from 27 states and one Canadian province, who teach from the elementary to the college level, to participate in a five-day conference which gave them tools to […]

On June 29, 1943, the U.S. Senate passed the first, and thus far only, national childcare program, voting $20,000,000 to provide for public care of children whose mothers were employed for the duration of World War II. During the war, the federal government offered grants for child care services to authorized community groups that could […]

June is Pride Month and festivals and parades are happening across the world in celebration of LGBTQA+ Pride. But Pride didn’t start as a parade, it started as a protest with the Stonewall Riots in 1969 and many historians posit that the roots of these LGBT activists can be found in the World War II […]