World War II Museum to honor veterans _lowres

File photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The National World War II Museum plans concerts and tributes in the Freedom Pavilion in honor of Memorial Day.

On June 6, 1944, Ardis Netto landed on Utah Beach in France on D-Day. Now he comes to the National World War II Museum in the week before Memorial Day to remember.

Families of fallen soldiers, veterans and guests will continue to gather at the Warehouse District museum this weekend and Monday for Memorial Day.

The museum is hosting concerts, dance performances and a ceremony Monday with talks by the families of soldiers killed during the war.

“You don’t want people to lose the memories,” said Mary Netto, Ardis Netto’s wife. The couple was visiting the museum Wednesday.

The Marine Corps Quartet will open the ceremony Monday with a performance at 10:30 a.m. David Callahan, commander of the 8th Coast Guard District, will be the guest speaker.

The families of 1st Lt. Leonard Isacks, Pfc. Anthony Sconza and Sgt. Roland Ehlers, who were killed during World War II, will follow to share their memories.

“Generally the guest speakers’ message will be one of remembrance,” said Bill Detweiler, military and veterans affairs consultant to the president of the museum. “We don’t want to forget. We have an obligation and duty to remember and respect those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms that we enjoy.”

A “Hoofing for Heroes” tap dance performance, free for Memorial Day, and a national moment of silence will follow at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The museum is hosting other events leading up to Memorial Day.

Museum staff members and volunteers helped decorate more than 14,000 headstones of fallen soldiers from five different wars with American flags on Friday at Chalmette National Cemetery.

The Marine Corps Band New Orleans will perform among the museum’s tanks and airplanes at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Admission to the Freedom Pavilion and Battle Barksdale parade ground area is free. For more information, call the museum at (504) 528-1944.

  • National World War II Museum Memorial Day programs
  • Saturday and Sunday
  • 1 P.M.: Marine Corps Big Band performs on the Battle Barksdale Parade Grounds.
  • Monday
  • 10:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color30 a.m.: Marine Corps Quintet Performance, at the U.S. Freedom Pavilion.
  • 11 A.M.: Memorial Day ceremony and program, at the U.S. Freedom Pavilion.
  • 2 P.M.: “Hoofing for Heroes” performance by Gulf Coast Theater on Tap, at the Stage Door Canteen.
  • 3 P.M.: Memorial Day national moment of silence and bell-ringing, at the U.S. Freedom Pavilion.