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Wilmington, En Route as the First “American World War II City

Read a recent article from Wilbur D. Jones, Jr. on the Wilmington, NC website titled Wilmington, En Route as the First “American World War II City,” 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 “American World War II City,” 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. It’s now in the U.S. Senate with promising prospects for passage. The potential designation is based on the Wilmington area’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 “American WWII City,” the New York Times on March 17, 2016 published a feature story on Wilmington as a WWII tourism destination. The writer, John Hanc, and his photographer toured our sites.