Friday, May 15, 2009

Eisenhower Site Commemorates D-Day Anniversary Weekend

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Gettysburg National Military Park
1195 Baltimore Pike
Suite 100
Gettysburg, PA 17325
717/334-1124 phone
717/334-1891 fax

Gettysburg National Military Park News Release

Eisenhower Site Commemorates D-Day Anniversary Weekend

Gettysburg, PA. June 6, is the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Nazi occupied France in World War II. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, led the 1944 D-Day invasion. The Allied victory resulting from the D-Day landings signaled the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. Eisenhower and the soldiers that made the landings will be remembered in a special program at Eisenhower National Historic Site.

The program, Eisenhower and the Men of D-Day, provides an opportunity for visitors to learn about Eisenhower’s role as Supreme Commander and his concern for the men that fought under his command. Eisenhower always said that the real hero in World War II was G. I. Joe. Visitors will have an opportunity to learn about the infantry that made the D-Day invasion through a hands-on experience with the equipment and uniforms they wore. The General was always concerned about the men in the field and stories of his visits with the troops will be part of the program.

The program will be presented at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Saturday, June, 6. It will also be presented daily during the summer season, mid June - mid August. This program was made possible by a grant from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Society.
Eisenhower National Historic Site is open daily. All visits are via shuttle bus from the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike in Gettysburg. Shuttles depart every half-hour from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends and every hour on weekdays. Admission is $6.50 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 6-12, under 6 free.

For more information contact the Eisenhower National Historic Site at 717/338-9114 or visit the web site at www.nps.gov/eise

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