On Monday, June 5th the George C. Marshall Foundation will recognize the 70th anniversary of Secretary of State Marshall’s speech setting forth his vision for European recovery by offering free admission to the Marshall Museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Marshall’s remarks on June 5, 1947 at Harvard began the four-year Marshall Plan that led to the economic recovery of post-World War II Europe.
The original copy of Marshall’s speech along with various Marshall Plan items from the library and archives will be on display in the Museum lobby. Young visitors can take the opportunity to try on authentic World War II uniforms, complete a scavenger hunt and get creative with Marshall coloring pages. At 1 p.m. Jeffrey Kozak, who is director of the library and archives, and Cathy DeSilvey, who is director of museum operations, will show rarely seen items from the collection and give a tour of the Marshall Plan exhibit in the Museum.
Refreshments will be served. The Museum shop will offer discounts on Marshall Plan-themed items until closing.
Tuesday, June 6th is the 73rd anniversary of D-Day and the Marshall Museum invites the public to stop by and visit a one-of-kind map carried ashore by Lt. General Leonard T. Gerow, of Petersburg, Virginia, who was commanding the V Corps when he became the first general officer to land at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.
General Gerow, a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute Class of 1911, used this map to plan the landing operations and carried it with him from June 6-13, 1944. Among the units under General Gerow’s command was the 29th Infantry Division, which is a National Guard unit from Virginia. The 116th Infantry Regiment in which “The Bedford Boys” served is also designated on the map. As the commander of all forces landing on Omaha Beach, General Gerow’s map is the only one of its kind. The map’s ability to convey the importance of the landings at Omaha Beach to the larger Normandy operation, and the involvement of Virginians in the landings reveals its significance to both the history of the nation and the commonwealth.
On Saturday, June 10th the Marshall Museum hosts the Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission’s Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour.
Profiles of Honor is a mobile exhibition that brings to life the state’s integral role in both wars, highlighting stories of Virginians who served in both conflicts. As part of the tour, visitors will be invited to bring their own World War I and II-related photographs and documents to be scanned for inclusion in the Virginia Profiles of Honor project. Scanning will occur in the lobby of the Marshall Museum.
The event is free and open to the public. Admission to the Marshall Museum will also be free during the event.