Soaring Valor

Heroes' Journey to The National WWII Museum
Documenting and sharing the oral histories of the Greatest Generation

Tours of The National WWII Museum

With a hero's welcome, the Gary Sinise Foundation is bringing WWII veterans and their guardians to The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. One-of-a-kind experiences include a tour of this incredible museum, as well as entertainment, celebratory meals and an opportunity for community with their fellow veterans.

Preserving Oral Histories

Every WWII veteran is a living library. Their first-person accounts of the war are treasures to be preserved. Through Soaring Valor, we’ve partnered with The National WWII Museum to record the individual stories of America’s Greatest Generation and share them with the world. For those who cannot travel, we’re sponsoring a historian from the museum to conduct interviews with WWII veterans in the comfort of their own homes.

Student Education

In 2017, the Gary Sinise Foundation expanded the program by inviting students to join the Soaring Valor trips. Students accompany the veterans through the museums exhibits, join them for celebratory meals, and participate in public speaking alongside our featured guests. This educational experience allows our younger generations to learn first-hand from America’s Greatest Generation.

Soaring Valor Participants


233 Veterans Visited the museum

182 Guardians have accompanied veterans to the museum

42 High School Students joined our veterans at the museum

437 Oral Histories collected


Gary discusses our Soaring Valor program with Dr. Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, President & CEO of The National WWII Museum

Find out more about The National WWII Museum’s oral history program, including how to submit a written history and to record video or audio personal accounts. All oral history applications will be recorded in the museum’s permanent database of WWII veterans.
See our Frequently Asked Questions about Soaring Valor

“I’m very appreciative for how this program treats our World War II veterans. Their efforts and sacrifices changed the character of our nation and I would like these men and women to be given the credit they deserve. Thank you for this opportunity and helping me understand and capture the history of what my father went through. Thank you.”

-Son of Soaring Valor WWII participant

2017 Hurricane Relief

We’re thrilled to announce Snowball Express is now an official program of the Gary Sinise Foundation! More details will follow, but rest assured we will expand on this program’s important work while maintaining their many wonderful traditions.

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