"I worry that the current generations don't have an understanding about World War II and the aftermath. It's amazing how few can answer simple questions about World War II," Weissenbach said. "They should be well-grounded in that period of time."
Events to mark D-Day include a panel discussion, a symphony concert, military re-enactors, static vehicle displays and a flyover by six C-47 transport planes similar to those used during the invasion to drop paratroopers over the French coast. The invasion involved nearly 133,000 American, British and Canadian soldiers landing on five beaches, backed by 7,000 ships and landing craft in the English Channel.
Weissenbach said the exhibit launched in 2013 has drawn interest from veterans who often share stories about where they were during the war and tell him more about particular battles or events.
"It's a great feeling and it makes this exercise worthwhile," he said.
The World War II exhibit has also allowed the staff to use the library for displays. Typically, activities are confined to special gatherings in the atrium or researchers poring over Eisenhower's millions of pages of records from his military and presidential careers.
"It's such a large story that we are utilizing as much space as we can," Weissenbach said.
A current exhibit from
The museum and library are located near Eisenhower's boyhood home in
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