Honoring Those Who Came to Liberate, Not to Conquer

WWII Memorial

The Friends of the National World War II Memorial and the National Park Service will honor WWII veterans at a special commemorative event at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 1:00PM.   The ceremony in remembrance of the 66th Anniversary of V-E Day will pay special recognition to all World War II veterans and especially those who fought in the European Theater during the War.

General William Casey, who recently retired as the 36th Chief of Staff for the United States Army will be the keynote speaker for this event. NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former prime minister of Denmark will give remarks and present a wreath at the Freedom Wall in honor of all who served and made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II.  In addition to our World War II veterans and their families, 60 Holocaust survivors will in attendance and participating in the commemoration.

The United States Army Band will play prior to the ceremony.  The ceremony will begin with the posting of colors by the Military District of Washington’s Armed Forces Color Guard, remarks by honored guests and wreath laying and conclude with the playing of Taps. General Casey, the NATO Secretary General, the National Park Service, Friends of the National WWII Memorial and Holocaust survivors will present wreaths at the Freedom Wall of Stars and thank the USA for liberating them from the Nazi concentration camps..

This commemoration is produced by the Friends of the National World War II Memorial and The National Park Service.  This ceremony is open to the public and there is no admission charge.

The Friends of the National World War II Memorial, Inc. was founded to help make the Memorial all that it was intended to be-an open, welcoming gathering place on the center of the National Mall, to commemorate and celebrate the defining event of the 20th Century, and to honor all those Americans who served on the home front and the battle front and all those who gave their lives in history’s greatest and costliest war.

Its mission, through events and activities in cooperation with the National Park Service, will be to keep alive the spirit of America during World War II, the coming together of the nation in a just and common cause, a critical moment in American history that changed forever the face of American life and the direction of world history.

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