In observance of Memorial Day, the Salem Museum is highlighting World War II artifacts during their Hands-On History Saturday program.
Pictured is the USAT (later USNS) George W. Goethals, a transport ship that carried soldiers throughout WWII. One of its most important roles was delivering troops to Normandy, France on D-Day.
On June 6, 1944, today remembered as D-Day, Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, beginning the invasion to reclaim France. It remains the largest seaborne invasion in history, and was a pivotal moment in WWII. This successful battle allowed Allied forces to work their way into Europe, bringing an end to Axis control and the European conflicts of WWII.
You can see this picture and items from the USAT George W. Goethals on display this weekend at the Salem Museum.
On Saturdays, visitors can pull on a glove and touch a piece of history with their own hand. In April, visit the Museum to see items from WWII. Salem Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and located at 801 E. Main St.
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