World War II Veterans Committee

The World War II Veterans Committee is at the forefront of commemorating the 75th anniversary of the United States in the Second World War. The efforts to honor the great heroes of this conflict is truly a race against time. Each day, nearly 600 WWII veterans – the voices of the Greatest Generation – leave us. The World War II Veterans Committee is leading the way to ensure their legacy and the values they represent are passed on to future generations.

About the World War II Veterans Committee

The World War II Veterans Committee got its start with the highly successful World War II Chronicles radio series. This series, hosted by the late Ed Herlihy – known as the “Voice of World War II” – became a big hit nationwide with over 500 stations carrying the weekly series in the 1990’s. Following the success of the series, the World War II veterans committee was launched and became our nation’s premier organization dedicated to the delivery of veterans stories through all forms of media.

The World War II Veterans Committee and its parent organization, the American Veterans Center, supports a wide range of programs including film, television, radio and publications in an effort to preserve the legacy of the World War II generation for current and future generations.

The World War II Veterans Committee and American Veterans Center are projects of the American Studies Center, a 501(c)(3)non-profit educational foundation. Donations made to either organization are tax-deductible.

Help Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of World War II

The mission of the World War II Veterans Committee is even more crucial as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War II.

In 2013, the Department of Defense spent $7.5 million to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

Congress also set aside $100 million for a 13-year program to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

But Congress has budgeted nothing to commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War II. That’s why it’s vital that the World War II Veterans Committee forms a special 75th Anniversary Commission. Here’s how you can help. 

The National Memorial Day Parade

When the team at AVC realized that there was no Memorial Day Parade in our nation’s capital, they worked together to form the Nation’s largest Memorial Day event: The National Memorial Day Parade. The parade draws hundreds of thousands of spectators to the National Mall to pay tribute to those who have served, are serving, and most importantly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country.

World War II Chronicles

World War II Chronicles is a radio documentary series produced by Radio America and the American Veterans Center. From overviews of battles to intimate stories of veterans, World War II Chronicles covers the entirety of the US in the conflict, week by week, so don’t forget to subscribe!

Featured Oral History: Donald Mates

Donald Mates served with the 3rd Marine Division during the epic Battle of Iwo Jima, 75 years ago. On a nighttime patrol, his position was attacked by an overwhelming force of Japanese soldiers, leaving him gravely wounded. Here, he shares his powerful story of one of the epic battles of World War II.

World War II Curriculum

The World War II Veterans Committee’s comprehensive World War II Curriculum seeks to give high school teachers a valuable tool in teaching the true history of the Second World War. The curriculum is designed to preserve and document the legacy of the world’s greatest conflict in a way that is simple for teachers and engaging for students.

American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes

Some of the greatest stories of World War II and military history were honored at the American Veterans Center’s program, American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes. The televised Emmy-winning awards show featured stories of valor from the Greatest Generation to the latest generation. Watch the full program here.

Help Their Legacy Live On

The mission of the American Veterans Center and the World War II Veterans Committee is to guard the legacies and honor the sacrifices of American veterans. Through oral history preservation, documentary films, educational programs and civic events, the AVC works to ensure Americans do not forget these sacrifices.