OK, so the headline may be a bit presumptuous . . . And, it's a little off topic for my blog, but history is something I passionately love. And the National WWII Museum's International Conference on WWII in New Orleans was the absolute best conference I've ever been to.
To kinda start at the beginning, my dad is a huge military history buff. As I've mentioned, I'm an Air Force brat — actually a second generation Air Force brat. My grandfather was a B-52 bomber pilot and helped develop the SR-71 . . . and my dad was a flight surgeon. I'm really not a military history fanatic — for example I'm NOT making my kids walk through modern neighborhoods to see where our Civil War ancestors fought (I'm looking at YOU dad) — but I'll take history any way I can get it.
So last year my dad went to the annual conference and loved it. But he wanted company. So he bought an extra ticket and tried to convince someone to go with him. I needed no convincing!
The conferences mark the 70th anniversary of each year. So this year's conference, which was December 4-6, focused on 1944. If you know anything about World War II, that year is pretty significant because it was the year of the D-Day invasion. The conference included renowned World War II scholars, authors and participants. . . . participants like a ranger who stormed Omaha Beach during D-Day. Like a woman in the French Resistance (Colette Marin-Catherine is pictured above). Like a British marine who was on a landing craft on D-Day.
Like seriously. It. Was. Awesome.
I met fellow conference goers from all over — California, Oregon, England, Maine, Vermont, Michigan . . . . And so many had never been to New Orleans. It was kinda funny to watch their faces as they tried the Zapp's Voodoo flavored chips in their box lunches . . . "What flavor is this?"
So why do I mention this little gem of history education on a food blog? Because. Because it's a really important piece of history that New Orleans has decided to honor and tell. And they are doing an amazing job.
The museum is opening the Road to Berlin exhibit tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 13 . . . Go. We got a sneak peak during the conference and I'm bringing my boys. Bring your kids and see the power of history. The power and importance of where we came from and what shaped us. . . . all right here in The Big Easy.