Friends of the National World War II Memorial

Monthly Virtual Education Conference Series

October 2020 – March 2021
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Next Conference: Saturday, November 21

Friends of the National World War II Memorial Presents a Monthly Virtual Education Conference Series on teaching the lessons of yesterday to unite the generations of tomorrow.

Please join Friends of the National World War II Memorial monthly, from October to March, for our new virtual education conference series to learn more about the spirit of unity and shared purpose that defined the character of our country during World War II.  

Friends’ new conference series will feature monthly one-day virtual conferences — from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET — beginning on Saturday, October 24, 2020 and will continue on the third Saturday of each month after, through March 20, 2021.

Register today for free to join this unique digital experience covering a range of topics and hear from educators, World War II veterans, and published authors.

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Saturday, November 21

The Asia-Pacific War and the Japanese-American experience.

10:00AM to 11:00AM (ET)
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Tribute to a Generation

Dr. David F. Winkler

Dr. David F. Winkler is currently the Lindbergh Chair for Aerospace History at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum following a year as the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1957 Chair of Naval Heritage. He has served as the staff historian for the Naval Historical Foundation for a quarter century following receipt of his doctorate from American University. A retired Navy Commander, Dr. Winkler earned his commission through the NROTC program at Penn State.

Author of the recently published Tribute to a Generation:  Haydn Williams and the Building of the World War II Memorial, Dr. David Winkler will talk about a true driving force behind the effort to create a lasting tribute to the greatest generation that we know today as the National World War II Memorial. A World War II Navy veteran who goes on to lead a West Coast think tank, Ambassador F. Haydn Williams feels an obligation to honor his fellow veterans to overcome seemingly insurmountable bureaucratic hurdles to find a location and acceptable design for a stunning structure on the National Mall.

11:05AM to 12:00PM (ET)
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Teaching America's WWII Burial Program

Tim Nosal

Tim Nosal is a retired Navy public affairs officer with a strong background in history, in particular World War II.  He currently works for the National Cemetery Administration and previously worked for the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Following World War II, the United States embarked on a unique and unprecedented program to ensure all of America's war dead were appropriately memorialized in an American military cemetery overseas or repatriated back to the U.S. for burial.  In this session, you will learn about the post-war burial program and available resources for introducing this and associated topics into your teaching.

12:05PM to 1:05PM (ET)
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Connecting Generations Virtual Discussion

Featuring Brig. Gen. Charles McGee, USAF (Ret.) and Washington Football Team's Jason Wright and Doug Williams

This virtual panel discussion is hosted by Washington Football Team's GeNienne Samuels and features topics covering WWII veteran General McGee’s historic military background as one of the original Tuskegee Airmen; Washington Football Team President Jason Wright and Washington Football Team Vice President of Player Development Doug Williams’ profound accomplishments in the NFL as the first black president of an NFL team and the first black quarterback to both start and win a Super Bowl, respectively; and strategically dealing with inequality, adversity, and injustice at a pivotal point in American History.

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The Friends of the National World War II Memorial’s education programs are generously supported by the
Jack C. Taylor / Enterprise Rent-A-Car WWII Memorial Education Endowment.

With additional support from the U.S. Department of Defense.