This event has exceeded our expectations. We are anticipating that both the Truman Forum Auditorium and the Plaza Branch parking garage likely will be over capacity. We are working to provide overflow seating in the Northwest Corner of the Plaza Branch, where the event will be shown via closed circuit-television, and additional parking in the lower levels of the garage.
If you elect not to attend the event, please know that it will be recorded by C-SPAN’s American History TV for later broadcast.
For the Greatest Generation, memories of World War II replay as vividly as motion picture newsreels. Whether they parachuted into France or joined an assembly line, virtually every American—every Kansas Citian—went to war.
Launching a new series, War Stories: World War II Remembered, Time magazine editor-at-large David Von Drehle interviews three of the city’s most recognizable veterans of the six-year conflict. Civic giants Henry Bloch, Edward T. Matheny Jr., and Bill Dunn Sr. were barely out of their teens when they rallied to the cry of “Remember Pearl Harbor." Now, 70 years after the war's end, they share their personal stories and reflect on the leadership of President Harry S. Truman, their hometown commander-in-chief.