ABILENE, Kan. - The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is proud to announce its partnership with the "Big Red One" 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley's United Service Organizations (USO) to mark the 65th anniversary of D-Day. The three-day national commemoration will be held June 5 - 7, 2009, on the grounds of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.
"The partnership with the USO and Fort Riley will help us to make this the largest national commemoration. We are also working closely with our city government and collaborating with several national organizations," states Director Karl Weissenbach.
Operation Overlord is known as one of the most important military campaigns in history. Abilene's own hometown hero, Dwight D. Eisenhower, commanded the allied forces who stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, leading to the liberation of Europe and bringing an end to WWII. Eisenhower later became the nation's 34th president.
As details are confirmed updates will be posted to the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum's web site and Facebook pages. Events will include a scholarly symposium, USO dance, military and civilian re-enactors, military vehicle displays, parade, Salina Symphony performance, information booths and more.
To learn how you can assist in underwriting costs of the National D-Day commemoration activities, please contact the Library at 785-263-6700 or toll free 1-877-RING IKE. You can also visit the web site at www.eisenhower.archives.gov. The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, a nonpartisan federal institution, is one of twelve presidential libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration.