75th D-Day Commemoration

A Five Star Commemoration

On June 6, 1944, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander during World War II, led the Allied Forces in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. Code-named Operation OVERLORD, this was the greatest invasion in human history that, less than a year later, led to the liberation of Europe from Adolf Hitler’s Nazi tyranny.

The Eisenhower Foundation, in partnership with the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kansas, will mark the 75th anniversary of this historic event by hosting a week of events commemorating D-Day, as well as honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower and the soldiers who bravely served the U.S. during World War II. Stay tuned for more information!

If you would like to help make these events fitting for a five star general, click on the Donate Here button to the right.

Did you live through World War II - as a Veteran, Holocaust survivor, Rosie, or on the Home Front - and want to share about your experience? We are looking for living history volunteers to tell their stories in Abilene, Kansas, as part of our remembrance event on June 6. Please click here to contact us.

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  3. Sponsors

Saturday, June 1st, 2019

Annual Symphony at Sunset & D-Day Commemoration

12:00 - 5:00 pm  |  Outdoor Activities and Vendors

  • IKEducation activities and D-Day Hands on History,  in front of museum
  • Little Ike Story Time  12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 at Boyhood Home
  • Pop-up Museum
  • Military re-enactors and equipment
  • Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard Demonstrations

3:30 - 4:30 pm  |  Presentation by World War II Veteran, Louis Graziano, in Visitors Center auditorium

5:30 - 10:00 pm  |  Outdoor Music, Library Steps  

  • Everyday Lights  5:30
  • 1st Infantry Division Band  7:00
  • Salina Symphony  8:30

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

11:30 am - 3:30 pm  |  IKEducation activities and programs

  • Hands on History Carts   Library 2nd floor
  • IKEducation Program  1:30-2:30  Library Courtyard

3:00 pm  |  Abilene Municipal Band Concert in Visitors Center auditorium

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

10:30 am - 3:30 pm  |  IKEducation activities and programs

  • IKEducation Program  10:30-11:30, Library Courtyard
  • Hands on History Carts   Library 2nd floor

2:00 - 3:30 pm  |  Film "Ike: Countdown to D-Day" in Visitors Center auditorium

6:30 pm | Public Reception with author Nigel Hamilton in Visitors Center auditorium

7:00 - 8:30 pm  |  Keynote Address: Dr. Nigel Hamilton, "FDR at War" in Visitors Center auditorium

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

10:30 am - 3:30 pm  |  IKEducation activities and programs

  • IKEducation Program  10:30-11:30, Library Courtyard
  • Hands on History Carts  Library 2nd floor

2:00 - 5:00 pm  |  Film "The Longest Day" in Visitors Center auditorium

6:30 pm | Public Reception with Dr. Adrian Lewis in Visitors Center auditorium

7:00 - 8:00 pm   |  Keynote Address: Dr. Adrian Lewis in Visitors Center auditorium

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

10:30 am - 3:30 pm  |  IKEducation activities and programs

  • IKEducation Program  10:30-11:30, Library Courtyard
  • Hands on History Carts  Library 2nd floor

12:30 - 2:00 pm  |  Panel discussion featuring World War II Veterans in Visitors Center auditorium

2:00 - 3:30 pm  |  Film "D-Day + 20 Years: Eisenhower Returns to Normandy" with Walter Cronkite in Visitors Center auditorium

6:30 pm | Public Reception with author Dr. Dennis Okerstrom in Visitors Center auditorium

7:00 - 8:00 pm  |  Keynote Address: Dr. Dennis Okerstrom, "War on Silent Wings: Gliders Into Normandy, D-Day 1944" in Visitors Center auditorium

8:30 pm - midnight  |  VFW Vigil at Place of Meditation


Thursday, June 6th, 2019

75th Anniversary of D-Day Remembrance Ceremony

9:30 am  |  Remembrance Ceremony, near the statue of General Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • General Richard Myers (USAF Ret.), Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; President of Kansas State University

11:00 am - 11:30 pm  |  Thank a Veteran Reception, near the statue of General Dwight D. Eisenhower

11:30 pm - 4:30 pm  |  IKEducation activities and programs

  • Hands on History Carts  11:30 - 4:30, Library 2nd floor
  • IKEducation Program: Primarily Omaha Beach  12:00, 1:30, and 3:00, North half of Visitors Center 
  • IKEducation Program: Code Talkers 12:30, 2:00, and 3:30, South half of Visitors Center

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm  |  “Hope and Liberty” concert, presented by the Kansas State University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in collaboration with the 41st Summer Choral Institute in Visitors Center auditorium. Reception following concert.