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National D-Day Memorial

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Address: 3 Overlord Cir, Bedford, VA 24523-6094
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The National D-Day Memorial is located in Bedford, Virginia - the community...

The National D-Day Memorial is located in Bedford, Virginia - the community suffering the highest per capita D-Day losses in the nation. The Memorial honors the Allied forces that participated in the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 during World War II. With its stylized English Garden, haunting invasion tableau, and striking Victory Plaza, the Memorial stands as a powerful permanent tribute to the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of D-Day participants. The Memorial is encompassed by the names of the 4,413 Allied soldiers who died in the invasion, the most complete list of its kind anywhere in the world.

Visitors can expect both an educational experience as well as an emotional one, as they walk the grounds at the Memorial and leave with a clear understanding of the scale and sacrifices made during the largest amphibious landing the world has ever seen. On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which "we will accept nothing less than full victory." More than 5,000 ships and 11,000 aircraft supported the invasion, and by day's end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in France. The D-Day cost was high with more than 9,000 Allied soldiers killed or wounded as the march across Europe to defeat Hitler began.

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Every monument and plaque is so touching. This is one of the most well-done memorials I have ever visited. All of the guides are retired veterans, and our guide Rodger really... read more

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Every monument and plaque is so touching. This is one of the most well-done memorials I have ever visited. All of the guides are retired veterans, and our guide Rodger really added to the experience. He was incredibly knowledgeable and really drove home the importance of what these men did. Plan to spend a couple of hours there, and really... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I grew up in DC so I have seen many monuments. This place is so much more and as a veteran I was deeply touched. There is really nothing more to say as you need to experience it by going there. Rest in peace my brothers in war.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The enormous D-Day Memorial is quite a surprise situated in Bedford, Virginia. Our guide was well versed in the subject and answered al lout questions

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We visited for a school field trip. I had never been but was blown away by what the soldiers had to endure on that day. Also found information on the Bedford Boys interesting. Definitely a must see. The Town of Bedford is also a nice place to roam for an afternoon.

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Bedford, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

This WWII D-Day Memorial is an excellent place to visit. It has numerous displays and beautiful plantings all over the property. Around the Memorial are listed every soldier and sailor that gave their life during the invasion. Well worth visiting.

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Arnold, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the memorial honors all service members, who participated in the greatest military operation in history: the invasion of France on June 6, 1944. The memorial is set in Bedford, Virginia, the community that suffered the highest American per capita losses on D-Day. The layout of the memorial begins with the planning phase commemorated... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

We stopped on a very slow day since it was so close to Christmas, but they changed the time of the tour for us and we're very nice. The guide was very knowledgeable and the grounds are beautiful. It was a humbling experience. The only thing was they had all the water turned off for the cold season, but I... More 

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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

The staff was friendly and very thorough. We didn't take the tour, but from what we heard as we passed we definitely will next time. It was cold the day we went and the pool was already drained. We plan to go back in the spring.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Having read the book, The Bedford Boys, I was fully aware of the sacrifice that this town made during D-Day. I had been looking forward to visiting the National D-Day Memorial since finishing the book. We left very impressed with the way the memorial has been laid out to honor the people who prepared the battle plan, the people who... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

I wasn't aware of the Memorial until I got to the Bedford area. It was a moving experience for me as I served in the U.S. Army (not WWII, the late 70's) and have read tons of histories of the entire war and especially D-Day. Plan to spend at least a couple of hours if not most of the day.... More 

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