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National WWII Museum

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Every summer, and if I'm lucky, every summer forever, I take a day to visit the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.  When I first visited, it was called the D-Day Museum but in 2003, Congress gave it the current designation.
National WWII Museum, New Orleans

National WWII Museum, New Orleans

All the hanging aircraft and such are impressive -- but I really go for the displays which are so well done.
National WWII Museum, New Orleans

National WWII Museum, New Orleans

Enter the main building, part of the experience now is that you receive your dogtag and begin your 'journey' in a Union Pacific Train Car to get a sense of what your soldier went through. This portion is optional, though, and what I like to do is time it so that I get my ticket and head straight over to the Solomon Victory Theater for the 4-D film, 'Beyond All Boundaries'.



Every year, I see people bringing kids in for the film. It's wonderful -- immersive, so informative -- but not geared for children as there are graphic and understandably heartbreaking scenes. If you have children under, let's say 15 or 16, I'd give this a pass. But if you're an adult, don't miss it.

National WWII Museum, New Orleans

The newest exhibits are those in this building, including the Road to Berlin and Road to Tokyo.
National WWII Museum, New Orleans

National WWII Museum, New Orleans

Enigma machine
Enigma Machine WWII Museum, New Orleans

National WWII Museum, New Orleans

There are spaces in the museum in which I feel so close to my late grandfather, who fought in the Army during the war. To myself: PawPaw, thank you for helping save the world. 
National WWII Museum, New Orleans

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Many more photos from other visits here.

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The Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII has been up for almost a year and closes on May 30.

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