D-Day Anniversary Programs
Saturday June 06 - Sunday June 07, 2015
The Eisenhower National Historic Site will be observing the anniversary of the World War II invasion of Normandy, France. The site will be offering several special “Ike and the Men of D-Day” programs in which park staff will talk about the soldiers who served under General Eisenhower during the largest amphibious invasion in history. The talks will feature uniforms, weapons, and equipment that would have been used by an average American combat infantryman in 1944. The programs will be at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. each day.
In addition to the ranger talks the site will also host a small number of World War II living history volunteers each day and a World War II living history encampment near the Eisenhower home. The encampment will be open both days from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In conjunction with the D-Day Anniversary event, Gettysburg Battlefield Licensed Guide Ralph Siegel will be conducting a guided walk focusing on the World War II dead buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Though well known for Civil War burials, the National Cemetery contains the remains of over 400 soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen who died between 1941 and 1945. Some of the interments include those who fell at Pearl Harbor and on D-Day in Normandy. This free, one hour long guided walk is offered Saturday at 5 p.m. Meet inside the cemetery entrance off Taneytown Road. Parking is in the Soldier’s National Cemetery Parking Area located across State Route 134 (Taneytown Road).
Admission to the Eisenhower National Historic Site is by shuttle bus only. Buses depart regularly from the National Park Service Visitor Center located on Taneytown Road. For group reservations, call 1-877-438-8929. Fees to visit the site are adults, $7.50; children 6-12, $5.00; children age 6 and under are admitted free. For more information contact the Eisenhower National Historic Site at 717-338-9114 or visit the web site at www.nps.gov/eise
- Eisenhower National Historic Site
- 1195 Baltimore Pike
- Gettysburg, 17325