The non-profit World War II Foundation has dedicated two World War II related monuments and plaques to date.
On June 6, 2012, the Foundation raised all the fund for and dedicated the Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy, France.
The 13 foot-high statue is in the likeness of famed Band of Brothers leader, Richard “Dick” Winters and recognizes the leadership of all American Junior officers on D-day, as well as all American Divisions and Corps who took part in the June 6, 1944 invasion along the French coast and countryside.
The statue, located behind Utah Beach, has become one of the most visited monuments in Normandy since its dedication. The statue was made possible by the grateful citizens of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, the World War II Foundation and many donors and supporters, including David F. Alfonso and Curt Schilling.
Mr. Charles De Vallavieille, owner of Brecourt Manor, was instrumental in bringing the statue to Normandy and securing the land where the monument now stands.
The World War II Foundation secured the permission of the late Major Winters and his wife, Ethel, in dedicating the statue, as long as all divisions and corps were represented and that the statue be the only one ever created in the likeness of Major Winters.
On December 6, 2022, the World War II Foundation also dedicated a plaque in Hawaii in honor of Elvis Presley’s role in helping to raise much needed funds to build the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. The Foundation dedicated the plaque at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel on Waikiki Beach just prior to the 80th anniversary of the attacks on Oahu, which launched America into World War II. On March 25, 1961, Elvis held a huge fundraising benefit concert at Pearl Harbor’s Bloch Arena, which raised over $60,000 for the then struggling efforts to build the USS Arizona Memorial. Elvis always stayed at the HHV when in Hawaii and held his pre-concert press conference on March 25, 1961 at the hotel.