Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen travels to New Orleans on Monday, June 5, 2000, to attend grand opening ceremonies for the National D-Day Museum. He will lead a delegation of allied defense ministers and foreign ambassadors attending the ceremonies, and is scheduled to participate in several events leading up to Tuesday's grand opening.
Monday evening, Cohen delivers remarks at the National D-Day Museum Victory Celebration Dinner. The dinner starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the media. It will be held at the museum, which is located at 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans.
Tuesday morning, Cohen will deliver remarks at the museum's dedication and participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the museum. The event begins at 8 a.m. CST at the museum, and is also open for media coverage.
Tuesday afternoon, Cohen will present remarks at the National D-Day Museum Grand Opening Celebration, to be held at the New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod Street, New Orleans. The event begins at 1 p.m. CST and is open to the media.
There are a number of other related events in New Orleans this weekend, to include ship visits and dozens of free public concerts by bands from all of the Military Services. Most of these related events are also open to media coverage.
For press credentials for any of Cohen's speaking engagements, contact Marc Ehrhardt or Bridget Voigt of the Erhhardt Group at (504) 558-0311 or (504) 481-5975. For more information on the full schedule of grand opening events, visit the museum's web site at http://www.ddaymuseum.org/.
For more information on military ship visits, military band concerts, and other military related activities, visit the military web site at http://www.uscg.mil/d8/dday/index.htm [not available], or contact the U.S. Coast Guard public affairs office at (504) 589-6287.