The 75th anniversary of the 1944 Normandy Invasion, D-Day, will be commemorated in 2019. Few people know that, ten months earlier on a remote siding in Canada, aboard his private railroad car, the Ferdinand Magellan, President Franklin D. Roosevelt came to his personal decision to champion the liberation strategy that would begin with D-Day, Operation Overlord. Presidents’ Day, February 18, 2019, come and hear the fascinating story in Miami beside this famous car of U.S. Presidents at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. I will give a talk on Advocating Overlord and how FDR came to this crucial decision alongside the Ferdinand Magellan. The car, also used by Presidents Truman, Eisenhower and Reagan, now is a National Historic Landmark carefully preserved by the museum. The talk will start at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 18. Admission to the talk is $5.00 to the public and free to museum members. The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is located at 12450 SW 152nd Street, Miami, FL 33177-1402. The museum’s telephone number is 305-253-0063.
Philip Padgett examines history by applying skills developed during 40 years of national security and preparedness research and analysis in the military, government, and the private sector. As Deputy Intelligence Adviser at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, he supported from Washington teams negotiating five international treaties and agreements. Read more >>