Lights fade in and out, giving the feeling of sunlight periodically penetrating the jungle canopy above you. Creatively shown on screens that mimic bed sheets strung up between palm trees—a common scene in makeshift outdoor cinemas in the Pacific theater—gripping film footage captures images of island warfare. Then there are the voices, those of old men recalling their youth, when as young Marines they found themselves on the island of Guadalcanal battling the Japanese and the elements.
Such is the dramatic presentation found in “Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries,” a permanent exhibit that opened at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans in December 2015—coinciding with the year of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The exhibit chronicles “the grueling trail that led from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay,” according to the museum.