For many, the stakes and the scale of World War II are hard to fathom. It was a war fought around the world, against powerful, determined regimes in Europe and the Pacific; some 65 million people died. And as the number of people who have actual memories of the war dwindle — as of next year, there will be fewer than 1 million living veterans — the mission of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans becomes all the more urgent.
The National World War II Museum in New Orleans will be opening a new pavilion that highlights the military equipment that helped the Allied victory. The 26,000-square-foot glass-fronted Freedom Pavilion-Boeing Center addition will open this weekend.
Today on Inside the Arts you'll hear about an energizing ballet as Pilobolus returns to the Crescent City. The New Orleans Friends of Music kicks off its 58th season. You'll hear about a documentary film that may switch your thoughts about using energy wisely, and we'll celebrate the music of Louis Prima.
A new show featuring the music and dance moves of New Orleans singer and trumpeter Louis Prima opens next month at the National World War II Museum.
Prima, who was born in 1910 and died in 1978, had a decades-long career spanning the genres of jazz, swing and big band with such hits as "Sing! Sing! Sing!," ''Just A Gigolo," ''Oh Marie," ''That Old Black Magic" and "Basin Street Blues."
A state bicentennial event planned as Louisiana's largest military parade in a century has been rescheduled to try to live up to that billing.
The parade was scheduled Saturday, the anniversary of the date that Congress accepted the Florida Parishes as part of Louisiana. On Tuesday, officials said it will instead be Saturday, Nov. 10, the day before Veterans Day.
It will go through the French Quarter to the National World War II Museum.
The World War II Museum, which opened June 6, 2000, expects its three millionth visitor to arrive sometime Tuesday.
The museum has been experiencing record-setting attendance. Last month, it had a total of 44,807 visitors — the most ever in a one-month period — and over 1,000 more than its previous record month in March 2010.
Based on current visitor total and visitation trends, the museum will expect the three millionth visitor around midmorning.
A presentation ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. CDT.