U.S. Diplomacy Center, Marshall Foundation to Remember 70th Anniversary

The U.S. Diplomacy Center at the U.S. State Dept. and the George C. Marshall Foundation located in Lexington, VA, will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Marshall Plan into law during afternoon events beginning at 2 p.m. at the Diplomacy Center on April 3.

The afternoon includes opening remarks by Dr. Dan Hamilton, who is the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation professor at the Center for Transatlantic Relations of the Johns Hopkins Univ.—SAIS in Washington, DC, and Dr. Benn Steil, from the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City and the author of the well-received and recently published The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War. 

They will be followed by a discussion of “Perspectives on the Marshall Plan,” moderated by former U.S. ambassador Thomas Pickering and featuring Henne Schuwer, ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Peter Wittig, ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany; David O’Sullivan, ambassador of the European Union, and A. Wess Mitchell, assistant secretary of state, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

Secretary of State George C. Marshall offered assistance to Europe in a speech he delivered at Harvard University in June 1947. When his idea for European recovery following the devastation of World War II was accepted quickly by European leaders, Marshall campaigned tirelessly for popular and Congressional support for the program that became known as the Marshall Plan. President Truman signed legislation to enact the European Recovery Program on April 3, 1948.

Reservations for the event are required by calling Alice Lee at 540.463.7103 or by email to reservations@marshallfoundation.org

Visitors are invited see the new Jazz Ambassadors exhibition at the Diplomacy Center also.

This event is a part of the George C. Marshall Legacy Series sequence Europe’s Unlikely Recovery that examines the significance and lasting impact of the Marshall Plan. The Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation provided special support.

The George C. Marshall Legacy Series of the George C. Marshall Foundation interprets General Marshall’s legacy during a four-year series of exhibitions, speakers and programs centered on key themes or episodes from General Marshall’s career.