'Ole Glory' Coast to Coast - WW2 Museum New Orleans

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sandpoint Realty LLC DB36113

This is my final post to the June AR Challenge.  I was taken back by the posts that were submitted.  Far beyond what was expected.  Educational, emotional, pride felt, and memories expressed.  For this my final post, I wanted to share memories and emotions brought forth when I visited the WW2 National Museum in New Orleans.

One of my first thoughts/questions was how did this WW2 National Museum come to call New Orleans Louisiana its home.  The questions is immediately answered when entering the main lobby.  The landing craft used to successfully move troops was built in the New Orleans area by Higgins Builders. 

 The landing craft, vehicle, personnel (LCVP) or Higgins boat was a landing craft used extensively in amphibious landings in World War II. Typically constructed from plywood, this shallow-draft, barge-like boat could ferry a roughly platoon-sized complement of 36 men to shore at 9 knots.

More than 20,000 of the Higgins-designed landing craft were made from 1942 to 1945, but fewer than 20 remain today.Jun 3, 2019  

Every turn, thru out the museum, brought me another emotional tug.  I believe the most dramatic emotion was my sheer disbelief of the display pictured below.  War is a horrific event no person should have to endure the tragedies of.  The below pic shows vividly the incredible valor and bravery needed to overcome the odds that enable us our freedoms today.   

 “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis

“America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” -Harry S. Truman

Sandpoint Realty WW2 National Museum

While I am not so foolish to think of us as a perfect nation, not by any stretch of the imagination, I am proud to be an American.  Our USA Flag stands for so much, it can not be put into words, try as we may.  In my opinion it is not just a piece of decorated cloth, a design representing a country, but more a totem that represents a 'Spirit' of ALL our nations people.  A spirit that lies asleep at times but when stirred is a force so formidable that it grows far beyond our imagination. 

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Comments (16)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Dan... I've been to New Orleans a number of times, but not in some years. I had no idea this museum existed... it sounds fascinating and if I ever get back to New Orleans I will make a point of visiting. Thanks for sharing the story and your experience there.

Jun 30, 2022 01:41 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Dan,

Wow.....What a great post, filled with such monumental history tidbits. I've been to New Orleans like Nina Hollander, Broker  several times and did not know about this museum! Such a wonderful back story..thanks for sharing!! Loved this contest! Such a heart warming response thank you for hosting with Endre Barath, Jr. 

Jun 30, 2022 05:10 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho  loved your post nothing less to expect from you as the host of this great challenge. On a side note when I was in Boston, MA working for a Security Company  I met a Ranger, the original US Army Ranger who used one of those landing crafts you described.... he had some stories to share... and some are on the picture you posted about US Service Men giving their lives.... I agree we are not a perfect country but compared to many I have been to and known we are far better...Endre

Jun 30, 2022 09:46 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

This was a wonderful challenge, so thank you. As for this post, I did not know about this museum. I've never been to New Orleans, but if I get there, I'm going to have to visit this museum.

Jul 01, 2022 05:04 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That picture of Old Glory keeping company with the rainbow is really special, Mark.  I love it!

Jul 01, 2022 05:09 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Mark, I had no idea this museum existed, but can imagine it would be very emotional reading and viewing all this! 

Jul 01, 2022 06:14 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Mark - I have been there and have similar pictures.  It is such a great experience and our tour guide who was a Vietnam veteran was great.

Jul 01, 2022 07:50 AM
Sondra Meyer:
EXP Realty, LLC - Corpus Christi, TX
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Nice pictures!   Next time I am in the New Orlean's area, I will have to check out that museum.   It sounds very interesting.

  I am glad that these types of museums exist as they serve to remind us of the sacrifices that were made in the past that have made today possible.    

Jul 01, 2022 08:57 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Mark our flag is a beautiful sight even torn up like it is in the last two pictures.

Jul 01, 2022 12:50 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Mark- what an absolutely marvelous post to conclude your June Challenge!!!  I too have been to New Orleans many times but did not realize that the World War II Museum was there. We have been to the World War I Museum in Kansas City!. 

Your photos make me want to go there soon!!! You're right...we are a wonderful country made up of many unique individuals. My hope and faith is that should push come to shove, we will all come together. 

Jul 02, 2022 11:04 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho

It has happened many times in the past.  Hopefully it will continue to do so.  Thank you for the feature.  M

Jul 03, 2022 08:03 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Jul 02, 2022 06:25 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Mark and I see so many flags in June and just never got pictures of them.  Make it a great 4th!

Jul 03, 2022 06:37 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Thank you for hosting June's 'Ole Glory Coast to Coast Challenge and for writing a very heartfelt post about the WW2 Museum in New Orleans. If I ever travel there, it is on the list, Mark! Hope you enjoy your Independence Day weekend!

Jul 03, 2022 03:25 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho - Your last entry for the fabulous and very meaningful June Challenge left me misty eyed with heavy heart. I never got to experience New Orleans but the WW2 Museum is a good incentive to take the journey. Documented, historical truth displayed in Museums teaches about success and failure and the cost for both. Thank you for sharing history I did not know and photos I never saw. 

Jul 04, 2022 08:36 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

An excellent post; a well chosen final contest topic and love the variety of photos and history you shared. Thanks for this contest it was fun!

Jul 04, 2022 09:00 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Mark,

I hope that you and yours enjoyed a wonderful Independence Day weekend !



Jul 05, 2022 02:05 PM