Westminster College hosts naval art exhibit for D-Day anniversary

Jun 5, 2014

A visitor of the museum interacts with the Interim Executive Director of the National Churchill Museum, Kit Freudenberg, at the opening reception of the new art exhibit “D-Day Normandy: Operation Overlord” on Friday, May 30, 2014.
Credit Lina Young / KBIA

A commemorative art exhibit made its first stop in Fulton, Mo., on May 30. The National Churchill Museum at Westminster College presented its new exhibit “D-Day Normandy: Operation Overlord” in remembrance of the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

The art exhibit, usually found in Washington D.C., is on loan from the U.S. Navy.  Director of the Churchill Archives, Allen Packwood, will be the speaker at the opening reception at Westminster College, the site at which Winston Churchill gave his most famous postwar speech.

“To be here so close to the 70th anniversary of D-Day allows me to talk a little bit about that operation, which of course marked the culmination of the special wartime relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom,” Packwood said.

“D-Day Normandy: Operation Overlord” features 63 watercolors and drawings illustrated by three U.S. naval combat artists. The exhibit is divided into five sections through chronological order that illustrate the events that took place during the invasion firsthand.

Kit Freudenberg, the interim executive director of the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College is honored to host the first stop on the exhibit’s tour this season.

“This exhibit was brought here to celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. It is a look at the actual fighting on the beaches of Normandy on June 6th 1944,” Freudenberg said.

The art exhibit offers an opportunity for people throughout Missouri to commemorate the events that took place on D-Day. The exhibit will continue on to its next stop, leaving the National Churchill Museum on July 20.