Probably the most important thing about a museum, especially one that depicts such a momentous time in human history, is making sure that successive generations don’t forget. It’s already 72 years since the end of World War II and many of the people who had first hand knowledge have passed away.
I found this graphic particularly dramatic. The U.S. was not a military super power at the beginning of the war. In fact, it was third-rate and not a serious contender as the Axis powers geared up. The National WWII Museum goes into the history and the negative sentiment in America towards the war in Europe. Most did not initially want to get involved.
I thought it was particularly powerful to have silhouettes of children against the graphic. They may not understand its meaning just yet, but hopefully, as they grow older, they’ll visit this place again.
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