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D-Day+80 Commemoration Events

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

June 4-5: World War II Emerging Scholars Symposium

June 6: Remembrance Ceremony and Veterans Spotlight

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Be sure to visit the  D-Day Remembered  - Photographs by 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!

  • 1:00 p.m. - Activities & Food Vendors 
  • (including Hands-on History Carts in the museum)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Flint Hills Children’s Choir
  • 5:30 p.m. - Everyday Lights
  • 6:30 & 8:00 p.m. - Mounted Color Guard Demonstration 
  • 7:00 p.m. - 1st Infantry Division Band 
  • 8:30 p.m. - Salina Symphony 

Presenting sponsors:

  • Community Foundation of Dickinson County
  • Marshall Motors
  • Friends of the Eisenhower Foundation

Stars & Stripes sponsors:

  • Kansas Gas Service 
  • Vyve Broadband

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 4-5

The 2024 virtual symposium was 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 presents 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.

WWII Emerging Scholars Symposium Playlist 



Calling All WWII Veterans

Let's make this the largest gathering of WWII veterans in the United States!

June 6 schedule

9 a.m.: Meet a World War II Veteran Reception
11 a.m.: Remembrance Ceremony
2 p.m.: Veterans Panel

  • Free museum admission 
  • Reenactors
  • Hands On History Carts

To learn more about supporting the Eisenhower Foundation or the Ike's Soldier's program, visit eisenhowerfoundation.net.


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