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  • Thursday, March 12, 2015

    WWII Vets Offered Free Flights to Visit Museum in New Orleans

    The National WWII Museum and JetBlue, in association with The American Legion, are offering veterans of the Second World War free roundtrip flights from New York or Boston to and from New Orleans for a limited time. World War II veterans who take advantage of the offer will also receive free admission to the museum. Accompanying friends or family members may also qualify for free roundtrip tickets on JetBlue and discounted admission prices at the museum. Participating airports are New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Boston’s Logan International Airport.

    Museum Logo“We’re making it easier and affordable for you to visit New Orleans and experience The National WWII Museum,” writes Nathan Huegen, the museum’s director of educational travel, in a letter of invitation sent via The American Legion to World War II veterans and their families.

    The offer is available in limited capacities, and some restrictions apply. To schedule a trip, travelers can contact the museum’s travel department toll-free at 1-877-813-3329, extension 257.

    The National WWII Museum in New Orleans opened on June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum. Founded by historian and author Stephen Ambrose, the museum tells the story of the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today.

    Designated by Congress in 2003 as America’s National WWII Museum, the expansive campus includes:

    Airplane exhbit

    photo courtesy of National WWII Museum

    • The Louisiana Memorial Pavilion: showcasing large artifacts of the war and exhibits on D-Day at Normandy, the Home Front and the Pacific

    • The Solomon Victory Theater: a 4D theater showing the exclusive Tom Hanks production, Beyond All Boundaries

    • The Stage Door Canteen, where the music and entertainment of the “Greatest Generation” comes to life; the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion, where staff and volunteers restore artifacts in public view

    • The American Sector restaurant and Soda Shop — delicious onsite dining options

    V-J Day Exhibit

    photo courtesy of National WWII Museum

    • The US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center: where exhibits and interactive experiences paint the picture of a nation mobilized for war.

    • Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters—a 32,000 square foot pavilion—brings visitors inside the story of how the war was won. The Pavilion features two immersive exhibitions—Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries, now open, and Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries, opening in 2015.