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The National WWII Museum Honors Tom Hanks and Tom Brokaw

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The National WWII Museum honored Tom Brokaw and Tom Hanks with an American Spirit Award for their work on behalf of the museum since its opening in 2000.

The awards were presented at a banquet on February 24th at Cipriani, and gathered a varied group of actors, politicians and supporters including Rami Malek, Joseph Mazello, Elizabeth Dole, Toby Moore, Keith Nobbs, Josh Helman, Joy and Donald Bollinger, Gayle and Pete Wilson, Alice and Tom Blair, Richard Adkerson, Dr. Sidney and Dr. Jon LaPook, Rose and Donald Miller.

Both Honorees were there as well to celebrate their contributions. Tom Brokaw, a longtime NBC News Anchor, has donated money to the museum and wrote about World War II soldiers in his book “The Greatest Generation” and sequel “The Greatest Generation Speaks.” Last year he reported on the 70th anniversary of D-Day and led a museum delegation to the ceremony.

Tom Hanks, the two time Oscar winner, drew attention to World War II by acting in and producing a series of productions about the war including the film “Saving Private Ryan”, the miniseries “Band of Brothers” (based on a book written by museum co-founder Stephen Ambrose, “The Pacific” and “The War.” Hanks also produced and narrated a multimedia presentation debuted at the museum in 2009.

The award was presented by Gordon Mueller, the museum’s president and CEO, and Richard Adkerson, chairman of the museum’s board. Previous recipients include President George H.W. Bush, former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Ambassador and U.S. Representative Lindy Boggs and seven Medal of Honor Recipients.

The banquet raised money for the museum’s Brokaw-Hanks Fund for Digital Access, which underwrites digitization of the museum’s holdings.


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