New Pearl Harbor exhibit opens at National WWII Museum

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A new exhibit at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans examines how the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was and is remembered.

The exhibit is part of the museum’s commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the attack, which took place on December 7, 1941. Japanese planes destroyed or damaged 19 US warships and 300 aircraft in less than 90 minutes, killing over of 2,400 people.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt described it the next day as “a day that will live in infamy.” The exhibit, which opened on Tuesday and will run until June 26, is titled “Infamy: Pearl Harbor Remembered.”

“This exhibit provides a compelling overview of the political climate leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, then focuses on how it is remembered, rather than focusing on the detailed events of the attack already highlighted. in our permanent exhibitions, ”said senior curator Tom. Czekanski.

After the attacks, the United States declared war on Japan, going to war.

The museum will also host a ceremony on December 7 and organize two “electronic field trips” for students.

Under current New Orleans city guidelines, speakers and attendees must provide either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR / antigen test taken within the previous 72 hours. They are encouraged but not required to wear a mask indoors.

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