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National World War II Museum: To Remember What Should Never Be Forgotten

Photo courtesy of National World War II Museum

Witnessed from generation to generation, country to country, there is a price on freedom. Horrifically costly was World War II, not in money, but in death. Hailed as “the war that changed the world,” the numbers are numbing: More than 65 million people died, mostly civilians.

Estimated battle dead are United Kingdom - 383,000; America – 405,000; Japan – 850,000; Germany – 3,180,000; China - 3,500,000; Russia - 10,000,000. Non-battle mortalities were much steeper, including six million Jews and up to 200,000 in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb drops.

Freedom. You’d think we would have learned our lesson after World War I, dubbed “The War to End All Wars.”

But just over two decades later, America had to send what is referred to as “The Greatest Generation” to fight against an evil the likes of which the world could not tolerate.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.” Very few doubt our country’s freedom would exist today without these wars.

he D-Day Museum, dedicated in 2000, is now deemed by Congress as America’s National WWII Museum. This complex in New Orleans, LA, tells the story of the brutal experience that saved the world – “why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today – so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn” according to its website.

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