Friends of the National World War II Memorial

Monthly Conference Series

September 2021 – March 2022
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET
Next Conference: Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021

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

Please join Friends of the National World War II Memorial monthly, from September to April, to learn more about the spirit of unity and shared purpose that defined the character of our country during World War II.  

Friends’ conference series will feature monthly one-day virtual conferences beginning on Saturday, September 18, 2021 and will continue on the third Saturday of each month after, through March 19, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.

Register today for free to join this unique digital experience brought to you by educators, World War II veterans, and published authors.

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Saturday, October 16

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

10:00 a.m. to 10:55 (ET)
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What the Veterans Taught Me

Mary Whyte

Mary Whyte is an American figurative artist known internationally for her watercolors of contemporary people. The author of seven books including We the People: Portraits of Veterans in America, Whyte’s work has also been featured in many international publications.

Within a seven-year journey around America, Mary Whyte chose and painted the portrait of one veteran from each of the 50 states. After finishing the solo watercolor Exhibition titled, WE THE PEOPLE: Portraits of Veterans in America, Whyte reflects on the many lessons she learned from the veterans she met along the way.

11:00 a.m. to 11:55 (ET)
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Edgar and Molly Smith: A Military Life

Edgar and Molly Smith

Edgar Smith is a Veteran of World War II and Korea. His military career with the Navy and the Air Force spanned decades. His wife, Molly, raised three children on military bases around the world.

This presentation explores the experiences of Edgar and Molly Smith before, during, and after two wars and the raising of a family. Edgar served in the Navy in World War II and as a pilot in Vietnam.

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (ET)
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The Hidden Legacy of World War II

Carol Schultz Vento

Daughter of WWII 82nd Airborne paratrooper Arthur Dutch Schultz., Carol Schultz Vento holds a Ph.D. In Political Science from Temple University and a Law Degree from Rutgers University.

This presentation is a daughter’s journey of understanding her father’s war by combining a personal story with research into the myth versus the reality of WWII and postwar challenges.

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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 and the U.S. Department of Defense.