Old Bethpage (WALK) - Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, with ceremonies taking worldwide, including here on Long Island.
D-Day veterans will be among the honored guests today when the Museum of American Armor dedicates its new home on the grounds of Old Bethpage Village Restoration. More than 25 operational armored vehicles will be on display.
Museum officials say that putting the restored armored vehicles in a setting of vintage farmhouses and country roads replicates the Normandy countryside during World War II and creates a kind of time machine for visitors.
Museum founder Lawrence Kadish says that the museum's new home is the result of a public-private partnership that will generate new revenue for the restoration of Old Bethpage Village, a Nassau County facility, and create a permanent living classroom for a new generation of Americans presented with the story of battlefield sacrifices made on their behalf.
“World War II will continue to fascinate current and future generations because the stark depiction of good versus evil is so dramatic," said Kadish. "It also reminds us that the current War on Terror still demands American courage in the face of relentless evil.”
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Congressman Peter King will be among the visitors scheduled to be on hand at today's dedication. They will join former New York City Police Commissioner and Marine veteran Ray Kelly, the newest member of the museum's board of trustees.
Photo: Museum of American Armor