As the nation honors its military veterans on this Veterans Day, the National World War II Museum is opening a new exhibit and hosting an evening concert featuring the world premiere of a new work and a narration by actor John Goodman.
The exhibit is called "The Train Car Experience", and the train car that will be on display is modeled after the iconic Pullman sleeper cars of the 1940s.
"Everywhere across the country, American men and women began their war experience by getting on a train, whether they were going to basic training or advanced training," says museum spokeswoman Clem Goldberger.
Goldberger says the exhibit will enable visitors to experience the sights, sounds and emotions of going off to war.
"And when they get on board and sit down, they will see through the magic of modern technology, they will see 1940s America going by in the windows of this train," Goldberger said.
The train car is a permanent exhibit that will be located at the rear of the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion and will open to the public at the conclusion of the Veterans Day program which begins at 11am.
The program will open with the National Anthem, sung by the Victory Belles, followed by remarks from several dignitaries, inluding museum President/CEO Nick Mueller and a World War II veteran.
Tonight's concert, presented by the museum and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), begins at 7pm at the U.S. Freedom Pavilion. It features a new work called "Dreams of the Fallen", and "Lincoln Portrait" will be narrated by actor John Goodman.
Admission to the museum today is free of charge for all veterans.