in 2000 as The National
D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as the country's
official World War II Museum, this remarkable attraction illuminates
the American experience during the WWII era with moving personal
stories, historic artifacts and powerful interactive displays. From
the Normandy invasion to the sands of Pacific Islands and the Home
Front, the Museum brings to life the teamwork, optimism, courage
and sacrifice of the men and women who won the war and changed the
Museum, which opened on June 6, 2000 (the 56th anniversary of the
Normandy invasion), is the only museum in the United States that
addresses all of the amphibious invasions or "D-days"
of World War II, paying tribute to the more than one million Americans
who took part.
The Museum stands as our country's tribute to the men and women
who made the invasions in Europe, Africa, and the Pacific theaters
successful. It presents their stories to an international audience,
preserves material for research and scholarship, and inspires future
generations to apply the lessons learned from the most complex military
operation ever staged."