When you think of New Orleans, images of the French Quarter come to mind…music on Bourbon Street, antiques on Royal Street, and chicory coffee with beignets at the famous Café du Monde.
But my recent trip to the Big Easy took me to the World War II Museum, a fantastic collaboration between Tom Hanks and the Malcom Forbes Foundation, now in concert with the Smithsonian Institute. This is a must for your next trip. I was particularly impressed by the 4-D movie, “Beyond All Boundaries.” This is presented several times daily in the Victory Theater, and is a 45-minute encapsulation of the staggering effort of all Americans–military and civilian alike, the unimaginable sacrifice made by millions, and ultimate cost paid by the greatest generation.
I was moved to silence and tears as I sat in the darkened theater at the conclusion of the movie. Bravo to Tom Hanks who spear-headed this production and narrates the film. As I departed, I was left wondering if our country could pull together and do something this impressive again…I certainly hope so.