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Dawn of Infamy: America Goes to War

75th Anniversary Tribute to World War II Veterans
December 8, 2016; 9:30 a.m.
University of Richmond, Robins Center

A tribute to World War II veterans, Dawn of Infamy: America Goes to War, will mark the 75th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War II on December 8, 1941, following the previous day's attack on Pearl Harbor — an event that launched the nation into a worldwide conflict that had been raging for two years. In the years that followed, more than 400,000 Americans — over 11,000 of whom were Virginians — gave their lives, while millions of others put their lives at risk.

Dawn of Infamy will feature an Honor Parade of World War II veterans, remarks by dignitaries, and a keynote address from Pulitzer Prize winner and military historian Rick Atkinson, author of The New York Times best-selling Liberation Trilogy, a narrative history of America's role in the liberation of Europe during World War II. A special recognition ceremony will take place as part of the program, during which each World War II veteran in attendance will receive a commemorative medallion designed for the occasion.