Read a recent article from Wilbur D. Jones, Jr. on the Wilmington, NC website titled Wilmington, En Route as the First â€œAmerican World War II City,â€ as a WWII Tourism Destination.
Fresh from the February passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of a bill that would designate Wilmington as the first â€œAmerican World War II City,â€ Wilmington and Southeastern North Carolina [SENC] are launching numerous activities celebrating the 75th anniversary of prominent area wartime events and facilities in 2016.
These activities spotlight the attraction and importance of Wilmington as a WWII tourist destination for history enthusiasts also seeking a vast array of cultural, recreational, and entertainment opportunities.
First the bill. Itâ€™s now in the U.S. Senate with promising prospects for passage. The potential designation is based on the Wilmington areaâ€™s mighty contributions to the war effort, and just as significant, what we have done to preserve that legacy.
In what essentially strengthens our claim to be the first â€œAmerican WWII City,â€ the New York Times on March 17,Â 2016 published a feature story on Wilmington as a WWII tourism destination. The writer, John Hanc, and his photographer toured our sites.