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WW II Museum Remembers on Memorial Day

By Lucy Leonard

Memorial Day is not only a day to flip burgers and sip brews. The National World War II Museum is remembering the holiday’s original meaning through events honoring fallen service members. 

Today in NOLA: 8.27.14

Good morning! Today, New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indians observe the spiritual ceremony of White Buffalo Day in Congo Square, now known as Louis Armstrong Park. SNL’s Cecily Strong welcomes Tulane students back to campus. Plus: all-girl punk rock tonight. Check out what's on deck for Wednesday:

D-Day at the National World War II Museum (PHOTOS)

Photos by Brandon Robert

The National World War II Museum marked the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion at Normandy Friday with a full day of activities, culminating with an outdoor screening of Tom Hanks' Band of Brothers miniseries. The commemoration continues Saturday with a panel of WWII historians, tours of the museum's Higgins Boat and more. Photographer Brandon Robert was on the ground at the Museum Friday:

D-Day, 70 Years On

70th Anniversary Spurs 2 Days of Activities at National World War II Museum

Originally dubbed the National D-Day Museum, New Orleans' repository of World War II has a lasting connection to June 6. With 2014 marking the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, the National World War II Museum is holding a series of events on June 6 and 7 to commemorate D-Day.

Suspicious Device Probed Near World War II Museum (UPDATED)

Updated 5.9.13 10:20 a.m.

The New Orleans Police Department is investigating an unknown device that was deemed suspicious in the Warehouse District. The device was found on the side of the National World War II Museum, near the corner of Calliope St. and Magazine St.

Today in New Orleans: 9.06.12

Today, Twilight actor Gavin Bristol hosts a special comedy night at The New Movement a holocaust survivor comes to the National WWII museam and a mixture of synth, brass, gypsy jazz comes to local clubs. On this day in Louisiana history, jazz pioneer Charles “Buddy” Bolden was born (1877). Considered by many to be the originator of jazz, he was once described by Jelly Roll Morton as “the blowingest man since Gabriel”! Here's how we talk up today:

NoDef Speakeasy: July 17-22

by Cate Czarnecki

What with Bastille Day celebrations and that yearly San Fermin fete, the city literally ran wild this past weekend. Time to get your head right with a few healthy, holistic activities that require a little more mental floss than sprinting through the French Quarter in an oversized men’s white button-down and red sash. The docket is chock-full of films, author readings and lectures this week, including the New Orleans premier of Bill and Turner Ross’ documentary film Tchoupitoulas outside at the Old U.S. Mint on Friday. Plus, there's food, feminism and a couple Kims. Break out the popcorn and prescription glasses and we’ll see you in the streets.

NoDef Speakeasy: July 10-17

by Cate Czarnecki

In New Orleans, it's all about the places you'll go. Whether it be a theoretical journey into the use of space in communities, a physical trip to discuss the new Tulane on-campus football stadium, or even a coroner's experience with the Great Beyond, go forth this week and explore your literal and metaphysical environments. There is also a Winston Churchill symposium. 

NoDef Speakeasy: June 18-24

by Leon Perniciaro

As the streets heat up, the sidewalks are expanding. Same goes for your brain matter. This week, the local lecture circuit is brimming over with offerings. It’s Pride Week, with the Contemporary Arts Center showing a pair of films on LGBT history and hilarity. On the author aisle, there's a prominent columnist presenting a novel, one of the great Southern food writers talking trucks and, as ever, a Chocolate City reference. There’s also myriad panels and plays, so take your pick:

D-Day, National World War II Museum Anniversaries Coincide

by Shay Sokol

Today is the 68th anniversary of D-Day and the 12th birthday of the National WWII Museum. The invasion of Normandy marked a turning point in World War II that will never be forgotten. So, in 2000, New Orleans opened a museum to ensure that the nation had a repository where Operation Neptune would not fade from view. Later, the CBD space took on the whole war as its subject, but from the Higgins Boat in the lobby to the Normandy liberty bell that is rung on solemn occasions, the museum's view remain oriented toward the French coastline. A full slate of activities is lined up today for the dual comemmoration.

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