World War II museum exhibit will feature stories of bravery and sacrifice

NEW ORLEANS – A New Orleans museum plans to launch an elaborate nighttime sound and light show next year to showcase individual stories of bravery and sacrifice during World War II.

The National WII Museum plans to present its Expressions of America show next November, Veterans Day 2022. It will use music, art installations, and screenings of what the museum calls “living murals” on the various facades of the vast museum in downtown New Orleans. . The plan is to tap into the museum’s archives to tell personal stories of soldiers, nurses and chaplains who served, their loved ones and others who played a role on the home front, including laborers in the home front. factory, artists and artists.

“All of the words on the show will come directly from the men and women of the WWII generation, and the production’s original musical score will feature songs from the 1940s performed by the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans.” , the museum said in a statement. Release.

The show will also star actor and veteran advocate Gary Sinise.

Expressions of America is produced at an estimated cost of around $ 5 million, according to museum spokesperson Keith Darcey. It will be sponsored by the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, a charity founded in the name of the late comedian who entertained troops overseas, and his wife.

“I know my father would be so honored not only to be featured in such an innovative production, but also for the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation to support an effort that will inspire the same appreciation he had for all who served in the World War. II and beyond, ”said Bob Hope’s daughter Linda Hope, CEO of the foundation.

The museum says Expressions of America will be a permanent production with multiple paid performances per week after its premiere on November 11, 2022.

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