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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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Description: 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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A sober reminder of the sacrifice of thousands of young men on a defining day in the history of our world. Bedford, Virginia is definitely off the beaten path. It is absolutely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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mt. Vernon Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

A sober reminder of the sacrifice of thousands of young men on a defining day in the history of our world. Bedford, Virginia is definitely off the beaten path. It is absolutely worth the trip especially if coupled with a visit to Appomattox, Virginia - the surrender site for the Civil War - about 40 miles away. The D-Day Memorial... More 

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San Antonio, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Husband and I love history and have visited Washington, DC a couple of times, always enthralled with the memorials, museums, etc. I had heard of the D-Day Memorial before, but knew it was in an out-of-the-way place (for a specific reason); when a unexpected trip managed to get us not far from the Memorial, I knew we had to stop;... More 

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Savannah, Ga.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This memorial brings forth the sacrifice made by a group of dedicated men to fight for America's freedom. One group from this small VIrginia town gave there all and most of there lives during the invasion of Normandy in World War II. It is unfortunate that unless the younger generation is exposed to these parts of history, these moments will... More 

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Salina, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The title says it all. This may be off the beaten paths but my friends told me I had to see it. They were so right. Anyone with an appreciation of the 'Greatest Generation' will appreciate spending 2 hours here reading about D-Day. The art work is superior. The design is simple yet profound.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to the memorial, especially the tour. The tour lasted about one hour and fifteen minutes and concentrated on the buildup to the invasion rather than the invasion itself. I found this to be very interesting. Tip: Arrive at the 10am opening and take pictures some pictures of the memorial grounds before the tours start at 10:30am.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

The Memorial is an awesome experience that very effectively images the 1944 D-Day invasion from a historical perspective. Highly recommend this memorial to all veterans, but is of great import even to those who have not served in the military.

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norcross
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The Memorial was a plus for my trip. We did not spend a lot of time there, because of other commitments. I would go back and spend more time. It is all outside so dress as needed

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Miami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This is a very moving memorial to D-Day soldiers, many of whom did not return. It is worth the trip to visit.

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Portsmouth, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

they have guided tour every hour to explain the significance of D-Day and the people involved in the planning and execution. A must see for anyone interested in our history.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We've watched the memorial grow and are always happy to return to see the progress they've made. If you are in the area, it's a lovely place to spend an afternoon. The memorial is run by volunteers and the last tour guide we had was a vet. It made it a special visit for us.

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