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Smart Talk Commemorates 75th Anniversary of D-Day at Eisenhower National Historic Site

Written by WITF Staff | May 16, 2019 9:08 AM
Eisenhower National Historic Site

On Thursday, June 6, Smart Talk travels to the Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. Join us for this Smart Talk Road Trip and watch the broadcast of the show live. On June 6, 1944, now known as D-Day, future President Dwight D. Eisenhower, then supreme commander of Allied Expeditionary Forces in World War II gave the go-ahead for a massive invasion of Europe called Operation Overlord. Back in America, President Franklin Roosevelt waited for word of the invasion's success. We'll discuss the events that led to the launch of the attack. Plus, we'll learn about what life was like at Eisenhower's Presidential Home.


  • 8:00am-8:15am: Attendees should plan to report to the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center and Museum (1195 Baltimore Pike).
  • 8:30am: Entrance to the broadcast site is by shuttle bus only. A shuttle service will transport all guests to the location. The Shuttle departs promptly at 8:30am.
  • The broadcast will take place outside on the front lawn of the home rain or shine. A tent will be set up for cover.
  • After the broadcast, guests are invited to stay and enjoy guided tours of the site.

Register for this free event below. Supported by Roof Advisory Group. Shuttle service graciously donated by Gettysburg Tours Inc.

iPhone and iPad users: click here to RSVP.

Eisenhower National Historic Site Sign

About the Eisenhower National Historic Site

President Eisenhower's connection to Gettysburg began in 1915, when he visited the area with his West Point class. In 1918, Eisenhower served at Camp Colt, which was located on the field where Pickett's Charge and the Great Reunion of 1913 took place. Here, he trained soldiers for the United States Army's Tank Corps during World War I.

The Eisenhowers purchased the farm in 1950. However, they wouldn't take up permanent residence there until after Eisenhower served as Supreme Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces in Europe during World War II and the 34th president of the United States. In 1961, Eisenhower retired to his Gettysburg farm, where he and Mamie both lived until they passed away.

In 1967, the Eisenhowers gifted their farm to the federal government, which designated it a National Historic Site that was then authorized by an act of Congress in 1969. The National Park Service opened the site to the public in 1980.

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