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D-Day+80 Commemoration Events

June 1: Symphony at Sunset Annual D-Day Commemoration Concert

June 4-6: World War II Emerging Scholars Symposium

June 6: Remembrance Ceremony and Veterans Spotlight

Promotional artwork for the Looking Back D-Day photo exhibit










Be sure to visit the Looking Back - Through the Lens of Fabrice Bourge photo exhibition located in the Museum across from the Special Exhibits Gallery.


Symphony at Sunset Annual D-Day Commemoration Concert

Saturday, June 1, 2024 
(Rain date: Sunday, June 2)

Commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day at this meaningful outdoor concert held on our beautiful campus grounds. This annual concert is held the first Saturday in June in partnership with the Salina Symphony and Eisenhower Foundation. Plus, free museum admission all day!

Symphony at Sunset is generously sponsored by: Community Foundation of Dickinson County, Inc., Marshall Motors, and Friends of the Eisenhower Foundation.


Now accepting food vendor applications!

Contact us for application details.

Symphony at Sunset poster 2024 - D-Day 80

WWII Emerging Scholars Symposium

The Eisenhower, Roosevelt, and Truman Presidential Libraries host an annual emerging scholars symposium to commemorate D-Day. This virtual symposium focuses on specialized topics related to the Allied effort during World War II. Each program wraps up with a Scholar Spotlight where we get to know a little bit more about each of these up and coming scholars.

Logo for the World War II Emerging Scholar Symposium 2024

2024: Waging Peace

June 4-6

The 2024 virtual symposium will be held the first week of June. Topics should explore the various global and domestic peace seeking efforts from 1932 until 1949. This can range from the American attempts at negotiating a ceasefire in Manchuria to Truman’s push for ending conflict and the implementation of the Marshall plan under General Eisenhower. 

Each presentation is scheduled for one hour. The guest speaker will present their topic for approximately 40 minutes allowing time for audience participation and questions at the end. Each program wraps up with a Scholar Spotlight where we get to know a little bit more about each of these up and coming scholars.

Submission packets should include the presentation abstract, applicant contact information, education status and academic goals summary. Email submission packets to andrea.murphy@nara.gov with the subject line D-Day Symposium no later than April 21, 2024. Selected participants will be notified May 15 and will receive a modest honorarium.

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Last Revised Date
April 05, 2024