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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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Humbling, informative, well done tributes to vets

An exceptional monument area, larger than I'd supposed it would be. The price paid on the beaches at Normandy was astounding. This memorial is a must see if you enjoy history or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Penhook, Virginia
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Penhook, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

An exceptional monument area, larger than I'd supposed it would be. The price paid on the beaches at Normandy was astounding. This memorial is a must see if you enjoy history or had a relative in the Second World War.

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Mooresville, North Carolina, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My wife and I took a trip to Bedford and in looking for things to do we stumbled on the National D-day memorial. There are wide variety of markers in this non profit memorial that was funded by private groups. If you take time to read all of the info on every marker you will be there the better part... More 

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Wilmington, NC
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6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This is another must see if you cannot travel to Normandy. The Memorial makes you realize just how much was sacrificed during this horrific time in our history.

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Ocala, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

walked the grounds by myself the first visit. Took the guided tour the second time. The tour guides share personal stories and so much color. The groups are impressive and moving.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

My Dad fought in WWII - this was a surprise - we didn't know anything about it until we got there. Well worth the trip!

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Darien
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26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Private money has developed this large and dignified tribute to the ordinary soldiers, officers, and generals; to the plans and to the resources behind the great invasion of Europe. The sculptures, statuary, and gardens are generate a touching and personal memorials. I have never seen so many historical plaques in one place in my entire life - which is good.... More 

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Salem, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

A visit to this Memorial should be a requirement for every student that is old enough to understand the sacrifices these 18 to 20 year olds made to save the world as we know it today.Without them and the other brave souls who fought in WWII it would not exist today.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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436 helpful votes 436 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This moving memorial is not to be missed. It's a tribute to the men who stormed the beaches at Normandy on June 6, 1944. Thousands lost their lives or were wounded that day, and on subsequent days. This memorial is in Bedford because this town suffered the highest per capita loss on Normandy than any other American city. I was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Don't miss signing up for a guided tour! Our tour guide, Bill, was an excellent story teller and made the personalities come to life. Though my husband and I are well versed in DDay lore, we both learned a lot of new information during the tour. Reading Alex Kershaw's "The Bedford Boys" will add a huge amount to your visit... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The memorial is off the beaten path, but worth the time to visit if only to remember the sacrifices made by so many. We visited on an overcast and cool Sunday morning, which seemed perfectly in keeping with the solemn character of the memorial. This no museum or exhibits, only a small gift shop. To get tickets, you need to... More 

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