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National D-Day Memorial

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Address: 3 Overlord Circle, P.O. Box 77, Bedford, VA 24523
Phone Number: +1 800-351-3329
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The National D-Day Memorial is located in Bedford, Virginia - the...

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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National Monument with Local Pride

The National D-Day Memorial is in Bedford because the tiny town lost more soldiers per capita than any other town. While it is a sad truth, it is one the locals are very proud... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 1, 2015
Stephen D
Jefferson, United States
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Jefferson, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

The National D-Day Memorial is in Bedford because the tiny town lost more soldiers per capita than any other town. While it is a sad truth, it is one the locals are very proud of. As a national monument, it is beautiful and filled with much information. Take the guided tour, see all there is to see. Very nice gift... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

We spent an afternoon at this amazing place and it was wonderful. I was at Normandy beaches once and the entire makeup of the place gives you the same eerie feel-- and a humble feeling at the sacrifice that was made for us. The guide Bob was both funny and incredibly knowledgeable about everything. If you have some time to... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

You pay an admission fee at the visitors center and then drive up to the memorial. Call ahead to ask about guided tours and when they are given. The guided tour is best, I think, but you can do the tour on your own. It is a really nice tour on a fall day, with clear blue skies, and the... More 

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Manchester, Md
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford Va lies 24 miles east of Roanoke. Being a member of the 29th Division Association I should have visited sooner. This memorial is privately funded and was veteran designed. Bedford jumped at the chance to have this memorial as it had the greatest per capita loss during the invasion. The memorial is set up... More 

Thank imaphnmn
Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

What an awesome and solemn memorial. This privately funded WWII memorial is a must see while visiting the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia, you ask?! And why a little country town like Bedford, VA? Well, per capita, Bedford VA lost the most boys than any single town in the United States on D-Day. The National D-Day Museum is a not for... More 

Thank Michael L
Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Have heard great stories about this memorial and the Bedford boys, even though it was rainy it was still worth it. Free walking tour is a must, our guide Twila Sue, was very good and knowledgeable. Put this stop on your bucket list.

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Wichita, Kansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

This is a great memorial of those who served in WWII. Especially those on D-Day. Our tour guide had lots of stories to share about how this memorial came to be. We took our children. They had read about WWII but this amazing memorial brought it to life for them. It was extra special to get to be here since... More 

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Bedford, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

We had friends visiting from out of town that we took up to the National D-Day Memorial. The visit of the Memorial takes approximately 45 minutes to tour. We had a very knowledgeable tour director that showed us to all of the interesting places on the Memorial.There is also a very extensive gift shop on the property.

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

My father served in the Navy during the D Day invasion, so I was really looking forward to visiting the memorial. This memorial is a wonderful tribute to the servicemen and their families. The grounds are beautiful, and the symbolic way that the invasion was portrayed was very moving. The tour guide was very well informed and did an excellent... More 

Thank Beth L
Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

What is amazing about this memorial is how well the artists depicted the tragic day on Omaha Beach and the symbolism of the placement of the bronze sculptures. We had a wonderful docent who personalized the memorial w/ stories of those individuals, of those WWII veterans who have visited the memorial, the significance of the different statues and artifacts. It... More 

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