Friends of the National World War II Memorial

Monthly Conference Series

September 2021 – April 2022
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET
Next Conference: Saturday, Sept. 18, 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 April, 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, September 18

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

10:00 a.m. to 10:55 (ET)
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They Went Away as Boys and They Died or Came Home as Men

Dave Yoho

Dave Yoho is a proud Veteran of World War II. He enlisted in the U.S. Maritime Service in 1944 and did his basic training at Sheepshead Bay N.Y. His assigned ship was a T/2 Tanker often referred to as a fleet oiler, which was sent to the South Pacific.

This presentation will give a brief history of the WWII Merchant Marine from the eyes and experience of a Veteran. They had the highest mortality rate of any service during WWII. They were mandated and controlled by the military. Their accomplishments made history.

11:00 a.m. to 11:55 (ET)
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World War II on America’s Doorstep: U-Boats Off the Mid-Atlantic Coast

Tane Casserley

Tane Renata Casserley is the resource protection and permit coordinator for NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary who specializes in 19th-century warships and deep-water archaeology.  Tane has led NOAA archaeological expeditions in the Florida Keys, the Great Lakes, California, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Alaska, USS Monitor, and was most recently part of an expedition to RMS Titanic.

This presentation will discuss NOAA’s efforts to honor the history of the USS Monitor and North Carolina’s shipwrecks, in particular how World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic came to America’s shores. NOAA’s goal is to protect these fragile historic resources for future generations, and to preserve the memory of the brave Allied servicemen and U.S. merchant mariners who fought to rid the world of tyranny.

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (ET)
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A Train Near Magdeburg

Matthew Rozell

An acclaimed history teacher and an authority on the teaching of World War II and the Holocaust, Matthew A. Rozell has written eight books and has had his work as an educator showcased nationally and internationally. His Holocaust teaching experiences have been filmed for the CBS Evening News, NBC Learn, the Israeli Broadcast Authority, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the New York State United Teachers, and he has been featured as the “ABC World News Person of the Week”.

On April 13th, 1945, two tanks of the U.S. 743rd Tank Battalion overran a train transport near Magdeburg, Germany, filled with 2500 Jewish concentration camp victims from Bergen Belsen, setting into motion a chain of events that would culminate in survivors and liberators being reunited six decades later and reflecting on what happened.

Mr. Rozell’s presentation will focus not only on his efforts as a history teacher to reunite his Holocaust survivor friends with their actual American soldier liberators, but also the contextualization of the Holocaust and the moral lessons imparted by the soldiers’ actions in the closing days of World War II.

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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.