Friends of the National WWII Memorial’s
Response to the Novel Coronavirus
As the situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, the Friends of the National World War II is taking the threat seriously and closely following the guidance of public health officials. The safety of our World War II veterans and community, along with all our supporters, is our number one priority in these uncertain times.
In support of the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines of avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, the Friends of the World War II Memorial will not host any public commemorations at the National World War II Memorial until further notice.
Friends of the National World War II Memorial is the only organization sponsoring a full, four-year anniversary commemoration of the 75th anniversary of World War II. We are in the final year of marking every major battle of World War II through commemorative ceremonies at the Memorial and other educational programming. It is important to honor the veterans and preserve the memory of World War II.
All Friends 75th anniversary commemorations at the WWII Memorial have been streamed live and posted on our website and Facebook. For the upcoming 75th anniversary commemorative events, Friends staff will continue with the live online commemorations and stream it online on our Facebook Live channel. Please do not plan to attend the ceremonies at the Memorial. The commemorations will be brief and you can leave comments online.
We believe that in these challenging times, it’s best to look to the examples of those who won the war and saved the world 75 years ago. Please keep our World War II veterans in mind as you maintain your health and safety over the weeks ahead.
Friends of the National World War II Memorial
If you would like to send a message to a World War II veteran who may be isolated during this difficult time, please click here.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the Department of Health and Human Services is the lead federal agency with responsibility for public health.
Government of the District of Columbia
National Park Service: NPS Public Health Update
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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.