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National D-Day Memorial

3 Overlord Cir, Bedford, VA 24523-6094
+1 800-351-3329
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So glad to have finally visited

We have been wanting to visit this memorial for some time, so we combined it with a trip to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Norfolk, VA
Sunday morning visit

When traveling in the western part of Virginia, this memorial is well worth the time and modest... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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3 Overlord Cir, Bedford, VA 24523-6094
+1 800-351-3329
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We have been wanting to visit this memorial for some time, so we combined it with a trip to Lynchburg. It was an easy drive from there. The memorial is so well done. The imposing Overlord arch really sets the tone for experience. It is...More

Thank tennisfamily13
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When traveling in the western part of Virginia, this memorial is well worth the time and modest entry fee ($10 per adult) to tour. Don't miss taking the 45 minute guided walking tour led by a knowledgeable and friendly docent. Our tour had about a...More

Thank Dennis E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in Roanoke for the Merging Mountains HOG rally & planned a day to ride to Bedford to visit this. We had no idea how moving this would be. We had several veterans in our group which made this even more special to see....More

Thank Pacagirl
Reviewed 1 week ago

[My wife and I just returned home from leading 34 of our church senior group on a 6-day trip to Nashville with stops in Charlotte, NC; Pigeon Forge, TN; Abingdon and Bedford, VA. This and several related reviews are written in that context.] We happened...More

Thank billb-1111
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For the life of me, I cannot understand why this spectacular memorial to D-Day veterans does not receive more recognition. Do not expect to take in this site in 30 minutes. As others have noted, we could have spent three hours….or longer…..here if time allowed....More

Thank TnTraveler508
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went on the anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2017. I've always been a WWII history enthusiast. My next door neighbor I had growing up survived Omaha beach. I thought I was well read on the subject. I was not. D-day was much more than...More

Thank WesM64
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have seen a lot of memorials, monuments and cemeteries revolving around war but this is simply the greatest memorial to any one event I've ever seen. It captures ever single element of that terrible, but vitally important day. There are the men on the...More

Thank retusafguy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was in the area, and certain plans had fallen through the cracks. Since this was just an hour away and being Memorial Day weekend, I took the drive. The staff was very nice and were very informative. Due to lack of time, I did...More

Thank JohnBCowgill
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every American should visit this place. It is very well done done, telling the story of the Dday invasion of France. The guides are Ex GIs and they are really emotional as they guide folks through the memorial. This is definitely a must see.

Thank John C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The National D-Day Memorial is one of the best memorials I have ever seen. The Memorial is very moving, and it is a educational memorial as well. Very, very impressed and highly recommend everyone going to the National D-Day Memorial.

Thank Lynn S
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Ann T
How long should we plan for a visit?
14 March 2017|
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Response from Brandon G | Property representative |
The guided walking tour of the Memorial takes approximately one hour, however, we recommend that you plan two hours for your visit. You may wish to walk around on your own, take photos, or visit the Memorial store for a... More