In recognition of the 75thanniversary of D-Day, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum will present a special exhibit highlighting artifacts from the museum’s collection that have a relevant connection to this historic event. The exhibit will debut on Memorial Day (May 27th) and remain available through the month of June.
Sample items to be included in the exhibit:
- Medal of Honor posthumously presented to Technician Fifth Grade John J. Pinder, Jr., 16thINF 1STDIV. Even after being severely wounded multiple times on Omaha Beach, Pinder delivered an important radio that helped establish communications vital to the success of the invasion. Only 4 Medals of Honor were presented for action on D-Day June 6, 1944, T/5 Pinder being one.
- Wind torn 48-stare United States Flag flown from LCI 540 (Landing Craft Infantry) when it landed on Omaha Beach.
- Frank Miller Photo, KIA June 6, 1944. The haunting image of a fresh face youthful soldier killed on Omaha Beach.
- Items recovered on D-Day by US Soldiers including: British helmet, Mp40 German sub-machine gun and German helmet British helmet recovered on D-Day
- Rare materials related to the famous 82ndAirborne Division including a jump uniform, photographs and a dress uniform with jump wing insignia worn home at the end of the war.
- Secret orders issued to the invading force
“D-Day Normandy 1944” is a state-of-the-art cinematic documentary of the Normandy Invasion projected on a 70-foot giant screen with 4K laser digital projectors and surround sound.
The film is being shown June 1st through June 6th. Join us Sunday, June 2nd at 4:00pm for a special screening in collaboration with the Veterans Breakfast Club. After the 45-minute film, we will have our WWII veterans share their recollections.
Tickets can be purchased ahead of time on the Science Center website or at the door. ($9.95; $7.95 for Science Center members).
A talk with artifacts by Curator of History Leslie Przybylek on Pittsburgh’s role in the Normandy Invasion followed by veterans sharing their memories and stories from June 6, 1944. Free event. Doors to the evening program will open to the public at 6 p.m., and attendees will have after-hours access to the History Center’s newest exhibition, The Vietnam War: 1945-1975, as well as light refreshments ahead of the program. Click here for more information.
Beginning at noon at the History Center, encounter members of The Furious Fourth WWII Living History Group as they hike through downtown Pittsburgh, impersonating Pennsylvania service members killed on June 6, 1944. The group’s procession will conclude at 3 p.m. at the Southwestern PA WWII Memorial on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.
In Partartnership with Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum AND Pittsburgh Chapter of Pets for Vets at Animal Friends. Event will take place at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Front Patio (Inclement Weather: Auditorium). Ceremony will include:
Color Guard, National Anthem and Invocation
Curator, Michael Kraus will speak about the importance of D-Day and highlight the story of John Pinder who received the Medal of Honor on D-Day. The medal is now a part of the collection at Soldiers & Sailors. We will be honored to have members of the Pinder family in attendance.
Recognition of Glenn Kempf, D-Day veteran who helped set-up the first hospital on Omaha Beach. He is in his nineties but as of now he will be in attendance.
More information to come!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Saturday, June 8, 6:30-10:00pm: In honor of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, the VBC is holding a WWII USO-style Hangar Dance at the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport (473 Airport Rd Suite 2, Butler, PA 16002). The event will feature a program honoring WWII veterans, music by Swingin’ Bopcats Big Band, military rations-inspired heavy hors d’ouevres, and cash bar. We will have a vintage WWII Aircraft, SNJ-4 (AT-6 Texan) on display and available for flights! GET TICKETS HERE!
Thank you to Luttner Financial Group, Armstrong Cable, and the Sha’nini George Foundation for sponsoring this event!
See period uniforms and personal equipment of the armies involved in WWII including German, American, and British soldiers. Items will be displayed on life-size mannequins for maximum authenticity. See a WWII-era Jeep that will be in the library parking lot during the event. Area veterans and their families will be sharing artifacts, photographs, documents, and memorabilia from their private and personal collections.
In the United States, we tend to think of “D-Day” as an inherently American undertaking. This overlooks the important contributions by the British Commonwealth. Three of the five beaches (Juno, Sword, and Gold) were assigned to British or Canadian divisions, and the Royal Navy provided the vast bulk of warships. Moreover, the Allies spent years encamped in Great Britain preparing for the cross-Channel invasion.
This lecture by Dr. John C. Mitcham of Duquesne University and Britsburgh’s History Society will examine Britain’s role in the Normandy Campaign, from the planning and operations to its impact on British Society. Dr. Mitcham is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History at Duquesne. His first book, Race and Imperial Defence in the British World, 1870-1914, was published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press and was a finalist for the Templer Medal. Dr. Mitcham has lectured throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Featured in collaboration with Britsburgh as part of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum’sThursday “Spotlight On” series.
PROGRAMME: June 13, 2019
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.: Lecture
7:30 – 8:00 p.m.: Discussion and Q& A
Coffee service included.
This presentation is complimentary with paid museum admission.
For more information about this event, contact Kim Szczypinski of Britsburgh’s History Society Committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org Tim Neff of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum at 412/621-4253 or email@example.com.
More events coming soon!