MANALAPAN, NJ – The Monmouth County Library headquarters and Eastern Branch library in Shrewsbury, in conjunction with the World War II Eras Studies Institute, will present a series of educational programs throughout fall highlighting the critical battles fought 75 years ago that led to the Allied victory in the Second World War. All programs are free and open to the public

Beginning Sept. 18, the Library Headquarters at 125 Symmes Drive, will present the first of three programs in the series, “Bataan: When Men have to die..The Fall of the Philippines 1942.” The second, “The Battle of Midway. Crucial Turning Point in the Pacific War,” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25. In October, the third in the series at Headquarters Library, The Battle for Guadalcanal, August 1942” will be presented Oct 11 at 1 pm.

The Eastern Branch Library will present “Operation Torch: Allied Invasion of North Africa” on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. The musical, “Lifting the Clouds of War,” a program by singing duo Down Melody Lane, will be the last in the series highlighting the battles of 75 years ago and will be presented at the Headquarters Library on Nov. 29 at 2 p.m.

Veterans of World War II will be recognized and honored during each of the events.

“The attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941 is now seen by historians as the turning point of all of World War II,” Freeholder Director Lillian C. Burry, Board liaison to the Library said. “Instead of the raid resulting in America being intimated by the devastating assault, the United States quickly rose to its own defense and declared unconditional war on the aggressive Axis powers. That bold and immediate action led the free world to a victory over Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan four years later. The battles highlighted during this outstanding series were key to attaining the victory by enabling the Allies led by our nation to counter the enemy, take the offensive and ultimately win the war.”

The World War II Eras Institute, whose Director and founder is Paul Zigo, stimulates and fosters the study of the historical, political, social, economic and military aspects of World War II to provide an understanding of the impact of the war on world history and help future generations avoid armed conflict in the resolution of global problems.

Zigo is a history professor, author and military historian. He is a graduate of Temple University and the US Army War College. In addition to authoring or editing several books on World War II, Zigo is a 30-year veteran of the Army, retiring as a Colonel.

“We are delighted to partner with this outstanding Institute to bring these programs to the public,” said Renee B. Swartz, Chair of the Monmouth County Library Commission. “Like the Library, the Institute is a resource open to all, educating the community and honoring the military and political leaders who made peace and served in the battlefield or the homefront. As the heart of the community, the Library recognizes the ultimate goal of the Institute is to utilize the lessons learned from World War II to prevent the recurrence of global armed conflict in a world of sovereign states with divergent interests, wants and needs.”

No reservations are necessary for any of the programs. For further information, visit the Library’s webpage at www.monmouthcountylib.org.