Symphony at Sunset Annual D-Day Commemoration Concert

Saturday, June 3, 2023 

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

  • 4:00 p.m. Activities & Food Vendors (campus grounds)
  • 4:00 p.m. Hands-on History Carts (museum)
  • 5:00 p.m. Meet a World War II Veteran (visitors center)
  • 5:30 p.m. Everyday Lights (main stage)
  • 6:30 & 8:00 p.m. Mounted Color Guard Demos (campus grounds)
  • 7:00 p.m. 1st Infantry Division Band (main stage)
  • 8:30 p.m. Salina Symphony (main stage)

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

The 2023 theme is in-line with our overarching program annual theme of “Difficult Decisions.” This symposium seeks to explore decisions influencing World War II not related to combat strategy and tactics. Our goal is to enhance the future of WWII scholarship by examining lesser-known topics and showcasing new and emerging scholars. 

2023 Difficult Decisions: Beyond the Battlefield


Wednesday, June 7 - 11 a.m.
Visitors Center Auditorium
YouTube Livestream:

Keynote Speaker Linda Hervieux
Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes, at Home and at War

Author Linda Hervieux will share her recent book with us as we continue our D-Day commemoration with the 2023 WWII Emerging Scholars Symposium. In the early hours of June 6, 1944, the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, a unit of African-American soldiers, landed on the beaches of France. Her book titled Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes, at Home and at War is available in our gift shop.

A book signing will follow the author's presentation. To complement this program, a barrage balloon from the Eisenhower Presidential Library collection will be on display.

Linda Hervieux is a journalist and photographer whose work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the New York Daily News, and the Daily Beast. A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, she lived for many years in Brooklyn before moving to Paris, France, with her husband. This is her first book.

Thursday, June 8

11 a.m. 1 p.m.

Christopher McNulty

“A Special Compliment to our Allies from the United States of America: the Visiting Forces Act and Anglo-American relations, 1942"

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Benjamin Schneider, PhD

“No Good Options: Eisenhower, American War Crimes, and the Legacy of the Second World War”

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Friday, June 9

11 a.m. 1 p.m.

Rob Williams, PhD

“Our Problem Children: Masculinity and the Airborne in World War II"

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Jared T. Frederick

“Dispatches of D-Day: Freedom of the Press and the Normandy Invasion”

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View Symposium playlist on YouTube 

  • 2022: Here Is Your War: Military, Press, and Homefront Visions of War

  • 2021: Unsung Heroes and Lesser-Known Subjects

More D-Day Resources

Last Revised Date
May 26, 2023