FRIENDS OF THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL INC

Teaching the Lessons of Yesterday to Unite the Generations of Tomorrow

Washington, DC   |  www.wwiimemorialfriends.org

Mission

Friends of the National World War II Memorial (Friends), based in Washington, D.C., is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to teaching the lessons of yesterday to unite the generations of tomorrow. Founded in 2007 by the creators of the National World War II Memorial, Friends brings together individuals of all backgrounds and ages for national ceremonies and experiences at the Memorial and for educational programs centered around the themes of unity, shared values and ideals, and the spirit of community.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Holly Rotondi

Main address

921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Suite 316

Washington, DC 20003 USA

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EIN

13-4358477

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Summer Teachers Conference

The Friends of the National World War II Memorial brings educators from around the nation to Washington, D.C. for an annual conference to learn about the every day men and women of the WWII generation whose character, courage, creativity, determination, and innovation not only led to the winning of the war, but also reshaped America.

The conference features presentations by fellow educators and other experts in the area of WWII history, discussions with WWII veterans and war orphans, tours of the WWII Memorial and other sites of WWII significance, and a remembrance ceremony.

The conference is free and open to any elementary, middle, or high school teacher or college professor at an accredited public, charter, private or parochial school. At the heart of the Friends’ Teachers Conference program is the concept of community service. As a condition of participating in conference, each participant is expected to o work with their students to fulfill a community service project.

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The D-Day Prayer will be a free-standing element within the restored Circle of Remembrance with the bronze plaque held by granite piers, providing material continuity and lighter feeling.

Friends anticipates a June 6, 2022 dedication of the FDR D-Day Prayer Plaque addition.

This will be an important and meaningful addition to the Memorial, which is visited by more than 5 million people each year, providing a contemplative space to reflect on and to remember the more than 400,000 American souls lost during World War II.

A $2 million grant by Lilly Endowment Inc. will allow Friends to complete this effort, begun I 2015, to add President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s D-Day Prayer to the World War II Memorial, restore the “Circle of Remembrance” – the area where the prayer will be placed, and to develop interpretative programming.

This effort will complete the World War II Memorial, and the additional programming – both onsite and online – will explore the stories of the everyday

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Friends of the National World War II Memorial presents a Monthly Virtual Education Conference Series to learn more about the spirit of unity and shared purpose that defined the character of our country during World War II. The series features monthly one-day virtual conferences, from October through March, featuring discussions with WWII veterans, war orphans, and published authors. The series is free and open to the public.

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The Friends of the National World War II Memorial has the lead responsibility in planning, staging, and funding six or more major national commemorative events annually, including on V-E Day, Memorial Day, D-Day, V-J Day, Veterans Day, and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

These special ceremonies are attended by World War II veterans, war orphans, members of the military and government, and other special guests.

The events are free and open to the public.

Population(s) Served

The Friends of the National World War II Memorial facilitates community service projects across the country, bringing the spirit of unity and shared purpose, which defined the character of our country during the war years, to our current and future generations.

At the heart of the Friends’ educational programming is the concept of community service.

As a condition of participating in Friends’ annual summer teachers conference, each participant is expected to work with their students, school, and community to fulfill a community service project. The result is countless service-learning initiatives popping up across the nation that promote critical thinking and personal reflection while encouraging a heightened sense of community, civic engagement, and personal responsibility.

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FRIENDS OF THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL INC

Board of directors
as of 10/4/2021
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Board chair

Josiah Bunting III

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

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  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.