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 […]

The NHL Stanley Cup Final is currently underway between the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues. But what did hockey look like during World War II? WWII and its ensuing effects on society – the draft, rationing, total war mentality – had a deleterious effect on most professional sports leagues in North America, including […]

This Memorial Day 2019 marked a particularly poignant time in the history of the National World War II Memorial as 15 years ago it was dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. Representative Marcy Kaptur of Ohio first introduced legislation to authorize establishing a WWII Memorial […]