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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  1. Schedule
  2. Honorary Committee
  3. Partners

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, 3:30, and 4:30, at Boyhood Home
  • Pop-up Museum
  • Military reenactors and equipment
  • Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard Demonstrations

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

5:30 - 10:00 pm            Outdoor Music  

  • Everyday Lights  5:30
  • 1st Infantry Division Band  7:00
  • Remarks by Mary Jean Eisenhower, Granddaughter of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Eisenhower Foundation Board Member
  • Salina Symphony  8:30

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

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

  • Hands on History Carts  11:30 and 2:30, Library 2nd floor
  • IKEducation Program: Code Talkers  1:30-2:30  Library Courtyard

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

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

  • IKEducation Program: World War II Kids  10:30-11:30, Library Courtyard
  • Hands on History Carts  11:30 and 1:30, Library 2nd floor

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

7:00 - 8:30        Keynote Address: 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: Rosie the Riveter  10:30-11:30, Library Courtyard
  • Hands on History Carts  11:30 and 1:30, Library 2nd floor

2:00 - 3:30          Film The Longest Day in Visitors Center auditorium

7:00 - 8:00        Veteran Panel in Visitors Center auditorium

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

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

  • IKEducation Program: Use it Up  10:30-11:30, Library Courtyard
  • Hands on History Carts  11:30 and 1:30, Library 2nd floor

2:00 - 3:30          Film D-Day + 20 in Visitors Center auditorium

7:00 - 8:00        Keynote Address: Dennis Okerstrom, “War on Silent Wings: Gliders Into Normandy, D-Day 1944” in Visitors Center auditorium


Thursday, June 6th, 2019

75th Anniversary of D-Day Remembrance Ceremony

9:30 am   Honored Guests’ Remarks, 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 - 12:00 pm    Thank a Veteran Reception in Visitors Center auditorium

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

  • Hands on History Carts  11:30 and 2:30, Library 2nd floor
  • IKEducation Program: Primarily Omaha Beach  1:30-2:30, Library Courtyard

6:30 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