Celebrating the 70th Annivesary World War...

Celebrating the 70th Annivesary World War II's End

Special new exhibit - which opened on August 14, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II - features exhibits, artifacts and collections commemorating the allied victory over the axis powers and the path to prosperity of a grateful nation.

San Diego, 8.14.2015

San Diego, Calif. – August 14, 2015 The San Diego Air & Space Museum celebrates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with a new exhibit comprised of artifacts and collections commemorating the conclusion of the largest conflict in human history and the prosperity that followed.

The exhibit opened on Thursday, August 14 -- 70 years to the day the Japanese surrender was announced to the Western world. On display through the end of 2015, the exhibit showcases a rare collection of items from the early days of the war from both the European and Pacific theaters through to the end of the conflict and the rebuilding which ensued across the globe following the war’s end.

“World War II is a critical period in the history of our planet, and its conclusion and the years of rebuilding and prosperity which followed shaped the world as we know it today,” said Jim Kidrick, President and CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. “This exhibit is the most comprehensive and interesting of its kind in San Diego and is a must see for any history buff, military enthusiast or anyone looking for deeply moving experience.”

The exhibit includes tributes to momentous military events, including Pearl Harbor, Normandy, the Holocaust, Victory in Europe (VE) and Victory in Japan (VJ) Days, Iwo Jima, the Battle of Britain, Midway, the Battle of the Bulge, the Bataan Death March, the Nuremburg Trials following the end of hostilities in Europe, and much more.

The exhibit also explores several key figures from the war, including Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Charles De Gaulle, Irwin Rommel, Adolf Hitler, Douglas MacArthur, Emperor Hirohito, Jimmy Doolittle and others.

Rare historic uniforms, timelines, posters and artifacts – including color copies of Normandy invasion plans, Jeeps and scout vehicles, an Enola Gay hatch door, Enigma decoding machine, and a full size replica of the “Little Boy” atomic bomb – round out this unique exhibit.

For more information on San Diego Air & Space Museum please visit www.sandiegoairandspace.org.

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is California's official air and space museum and education center. The Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and it was the first aero-themed Museum to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. 2theXtreme–MathAlive! showcases how math plays a role from daily life to extreme sports—math has never been so sweet! The Museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. The Museum and gift store are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with admissions until 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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