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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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Wow. This place is absolutely amazing. It didn't hurt that we were there on a picture perfect day, but short of driving rain - this place is a "must see." It's all outdoors, so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Princeton, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Wow. This place is absolutely amazing. It didn't hurt that we were there on a picture perfect day, but short of driving rain - this place is a "must see." It's all outdoors, so be prepared for that - and go on the guided tour. We learned so much. According to our very knowledgeable docent, there are 400 bronze plaques... More 

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Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

While at a family Reunion at SML, I thought it would be a good time to check out the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA with my two oldest grandsons (17 and 14). Our tour guide (John Whitney) guided the three of us and about 10 others (including three graduates from the United Stated Military Academy at West Point), through... More 

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Halethorpe, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This is a fantastic Memorial to the event itself and to those that participated in D-Day. It was very thoughtfully laid out, informative, yet not overwhelming. The Memorial was well planted and maintained. Moving.

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Moranbah, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Very moving and informative. The memorial is beautifully designed, with areas representing the planning, invasion,and victory. All the nations that participated in the D-Day invasion are represented here. This is well worth the trip. Our docent was great, highly recommend the free guided tour,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Stopped here almost on a whim. So glad we did! The memorial is magnificent. the gentleman who was our docent was a wealth of information who explained all the symbolism behind each aspect of this beautiful memorial that sits atop a knoll. Be sure to watch the film at the visitors' center, where you must go to buy your tickets.... More 

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Richmond, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A beautiful memorial to the "Bedford Boys" who lost their loves on D-day. The memorial includes a depiction of the day with life-sized bronze soldier's tramping across the water and up the wall... the guide knew a lot about the meaning behind each area of the memorial. It was educational and heart-wrenching.

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Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Get your entry ticket at the Bedford Visitor's Center prior to driving onto the National D-Day Memorial grounds. You should plan on spending a minimum of two hours and if at all possible take one of the guided tours. There is very little covered area so be aware of the weather and plan accordingly.......there is a gift shop on the... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The memorial and visitor center are extremely well done and a wonderful tribute to the boys of Bedford. The history of D Day an symbolism of the memorial was very well explained by our guide. Beautiful landscaping. Highly recommend.

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Bedford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The National D-Day Memorial is right in our backyard. The tour guides are knowledgeable and friendly and the grounds are beautiful. The site has so much history and patriotism that we wouldn't miss it for the world. Every time we have visitors in town this is the first place we recommend.

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Salisbury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

D-Day Memorial is worth the stop. I recommend the guided tour. You will learn much more this way. The Memorial honors the Allied forces that participated in the invation of Normandy. Very touching tribute. The fountain send up short bursts of water to sound like bullets hitting the water. Very authentic.

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Additional Information about National D-Day Memorial

Address: 3 Overlord Circle, P.O. Box 77, Bedford, VA 24523
Phone Number: +1 800-351-3329
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Bedford
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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