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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 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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A beautiful, moving gem in Bedford. Whether you have only a short while, or a day, stop by and visit the Memorial. It is amazing. Tours are available - see their website. Stop by... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Bedford, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful, moving gem in Bedford. Whether you have only a short while, or a day, stop by and visit the Memorial. It is amazing. Tours are available - see their website. Stop by the Visitors center as you enter to pay admission. Admission prices are very reasonable. You won't be disappointed. Also, visit the gift shop at the Memorial!

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Lexington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brilliant tour and commentary by our guide Gerald Willis (whose father participated on D-Day) brought the operation/campaign to life. Questions were encouraged. A must see, even in the dead of winter!

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Thank bonjour2u
Manassas, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

We visited the Memorial with our boys and we absolutely LOVED it.We arrived around 3 pm and took the guided tour ( included with admission tickets). We had the guide just for the four of us and he did an amazing job. The Memorial is very nice and the story of the DDay is so great. I would definitely recommend... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Stopped while traveling thru the area. 10 bucks and well worth It. I walked by myself but they have tours that are free also. The art and history was inspiring. Such a great job explaining the Day and how Bedford boys played a huge part. Give yourself at least an hour. Great place!

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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Having been to Normandy I can tell you that the D-DAY Memorial is a must see. It is very well done and very moving to take a tour. If you are into history this is worth the trip.

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Sterling, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

This is a very moving experience. It is a great memorial that really beautiful. I also love that they have a few crates for our dogs. While we do plan our vacations so that our dogs will be comfortable in our car, it was nice to have the ability to leave them in the fresh air and they also provided... More 

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Orange, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

A Memorial and a reminder of what our freedom costs and a tribute to those who participated. A very moving experience.

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

I visited the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA in October with a bus tour group of 24 retirees. I enjoyed not only the Memorial but also the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains around Bedford in the fall and the clean and informative Bedford Welcome Center. Our knowledgeable volunteer guide was a retired military man and he had great respect for... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

We took the one hour guided tour on a recent Sunday morning; it was terrific. Bob G., our guide, was as good as it gets. He had a smooth and informative delivery that could easily be heard by all dozen members in our group. He made strong and interesting connections between the design of the memorial, the events leading up... More 

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Johnson City TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Although Bedford is a little out of the way it is especially worthwhile to take the time to visit. You WILL NOT be disappointed and it is all done with private funding. Volunteer tour guides are extremely knowledgeable and willing to explain this part of WW II.

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