Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission
Statewide Events and Signature Programs
Hundreds of events and programs are being conducted by museums and local partners across the state to commemorate Virginia's involvement in WWI and WWII. From museum and memorial dedications, to tributes to veterans and educational lectures and symposiums, the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission is helping to plan and promote a number of events to mark the 100th anniversary of WWI and the 75th anniversary of WWII.
See below to learn more about events being held across the Commonwealth and to revisit some of the Commission's past events.
The culminating event in Virginia’s statewide commemoration of the 75th anniversary of World War II will take place on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. as a virtual ceremony live-streamed from the deck of the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk. Join the Commission virtually to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and honor our veterans. Click here for MORE INFORMATION
In partnership with the Virginia Tourism Corporation, please click on the following link to learn more information about the Commission's museum, historic site, and organizational partners who are hosting WWI and WWII-related events across the state to commemorate these historic anniversaries. View the FULL calendar of events here: MORE INFORMATION
Learn more about the WWI and WWII Profiles of Honor Tour, a mobile exhibition that brought an interactive traveling exhibition to museums, libraries, and historic sites throughout Virginia. The Profiles of Honor exhibit brought to life the state's integral role in both wars, highlighting the stories of Virginians who served in both conflicts, and traveled to over 117 stops across the commonwealth in three years. Click the following link for MORE INFORMATION, and to take our POH Mobile Unit's Virtual Tour online!
2019 Signature Event: The 75th Anniversary of D-Day
June 6, 2019 marked the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, a milestone that is represented the last large gathering of D-Day veterans around the globe. To mark this milestone and take advantage of the opportunities for discussion and commemoration it presented, the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia observed the 75th Anniversary with six days of ceremonies, displays, interviews, and much more. Click here for MORE INFORMATION
The Commission worked with the Virginia Department of Education, museums, colleges, and historians across the state to plan a World War I and World War II statewide teacher symposium in the summers of 2017 thru 2019, exploring the history of both wars and the ever-expanding resources available to teachers in the classroom. The symposium went on the road to each of the eight school regions in the state, and those fantastic resources are now available online! MORE INFORMATION
Read more about some of the Commission's previous programs with our statewide partners, including our signature events. These include the Commission's first signature event "Dawn of Infamy: America Goes to War," was a tribute to WWII veterans held on the 75th anniversary of the U.S. entry into the war, the 100th anniversary of America's entry into WWI and 100th Anniversary of Armistice, with ceremonies held at Virginia's official state memorial to WWI, and many more. MORE INFORMATION
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