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Background: Stylized image of soldiers exiting a landing craft. Text: 80 Years Later, Aurora Remembers D-Day, MArch 5 to July 7, 2024, Aurora History Museum.

80 Years Later: Aurora Remembers D-Day

The Aurora History Museum is pleased to announce the new exhibit, “80 Years Later: Aurora Remembers D-Day.” The exhibition, open to the public through July 7, features local connections to World War II, a detailed history of D-Day, highlights of Colorado’s contribution to the war effort and a remembrance wall to Aurora’s fallen during the war. June 6, 2024, will be the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings along the Normandy coast. D-Day marked the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany's control over Western Europe and was a critical turning point in world history.


Discover more about the Allied invasion, learn about the military bases in Aurora that helped pave the way for Allied success and honor the young Aurorans who made the ultimate sacrifice in WWII. Experience “the longest day” through archival photos and videos as the Aurora History Museum remembers D-Day.


In Aurora, several military installations supported the war effort. Many airmen who participated in the D-Day operation were trained at Lowry and Buckley, while the Fitzsimons Army Hospital treated servicemembers wounded overseas. The military presence in Aurora during World War II contributed to the city's growth and development, and its legacy can still be seen today.


“This exhibit is a commemoration of all who served and those who sacrificed their lives in the pursuit of victory over tyranny in the largest amphibious invasion in military history,” said T. Scott Williams, museum director. “The exhibit also tells the stories of eight Aurorans’ who were killed in action during WWII to preserve our nation’s freedom and the millions of people who were liberated around the world; I invite the public to come and remember the history of this huge undertaking that is unmatched in human history.”


The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the Aurora History Museum is always free. For more information, call 303.739.6660 or visit

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