On June 6th, 1944, the world changed forever. The D-Day landings in Normandy, France, altered the trajectory of World War II and resulted in the one of the largest military successes in world history. As the 75th anniversary of D-Day fast approaches on June 6, 2019, the Eisenhower Foundation turned to the words and thoughts of Dwight D. Eisenhower and asked themselves, what would Ike want us to do to commemorate this important anniversary? He would want the honor to be given to the World War II soldiers who served, not himself.
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we’ve launched a new initiative called Ike’s Soldiers. The mission of Ike’s Soldiers is to honor Dwight D. Eisenhower’s legacy through the compelling stories of the soldiers he led and share them with the world through IKEducation programs and digital media platforms. “This initiative provides students, teachers, historians, and citizens of the world the opportunity to become part of history, by collecting and submitting these stories to the Eisenhower Foundation’s new Ike’s Soldiers database,” stated Meredith Sleichter, Executive Director, Eisenhower Foundation. “By doing so, we honor the soldiers who led us to one of the biggest victories in world history, and provide future generations with the opportunity to hear first-hand accounts about the experience.”
Check out Ike’s Soldiers at www.ikessoldiers.com
One of the driving forces behind Ike’s Soldiers is inviting young people to get involved. The Ike’s Soldiers student program is open to high school and college students. Participants are asked to skillfully capture and edit videos according to the Eisenhower Foundation’s guidelines. For every interview that is submitted according to the guidelines, the Eisenhower Foundation will grant $50 to the student who conducted and produced the interview. The guidelines for the student program can be found at http://ikessoldiers.com/studentprogram/.
Ike’s Soldiers General Program is open to all friends, family members or fans of World War II veterans. Participants are asked to collect a World War II veteran’s biographical information and, if possible, their story on video. If you would like to honor the memory of a deceased veteran, we invite you to create a profile by using the general submission form. Video is not required. For more information visit http://ikessoldiers.com/generalprogram/ and download the General Packet to get started!