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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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So glad I braved a rainy day to spend some time at this fantastic memorial. Staff are exceptionally friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Recommed taking the free, 1 hour guided... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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207 reviews 207 reviews
24 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW via mobile

So glad I braved a rainy day to spend some time at this fantastic memorial. Staff are exceptionally friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Recommed taking the free, 1 hour guided tour and then spending 30 minutes or so afterwards to read all the memorials and take photos. A truly great visual depiction of what our greatest generation overcame to secure freedom.

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Asheville, NC
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Excellent memorial--instructive, symbolic, beautiful, moving. Definitely worth a trip to get there. Also, Bedford has some lovely restaurants. I'm talking to you AAA.

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Scottsdale
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

First- Excellent presentation of remembrance history. Fabulous afternoon tour guide Mr. Bill Blevins, retired Navy, retired VA Beach Police Officer, informative engaged docent. Thank you Bill for my afternoon. Privately funded. Beautiful grounds. Great sculptures, lots of historical plaques, cherry trees, views of the blue ridge mountains. Treat yourself to this special memorial site and honor all of those US... More 

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Arden, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We just made our second trip to this stunning depiction of what the D-Day forces faced on this fateful day. On our first trip last year we just walked through this beautiful but stunning exhibit. My husband had just read the book "The Bedford Boys" and we were overwhelmed by the scope of this site. This year we took the... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

A very moving story about the war and the people involved.Our guide was excellent and had many added stories to tell.The memorial was nicely laid out and a easy walk.A great history lesson. A visitors center was close by which sold the tickets and had lots of information about Bedford.

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Richmond Va
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4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Excellently designed. Very poignant. As a former Brit (born '39) I am speaking English today instead of German because of the guys depicted here. The tours are very well presented. How sad that WW2 is not taught in schools. So much to be learned. I would rate this memorial as a "must see" if you are anywhere in the area.

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York, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Excellent guide(Ken) for our walking tour. Beautiful Memorial. Well worth the money and visit. We did the "combo ticket".

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Forest, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

It was the first time visiting a tour tourist attraction in Bedford. It was humbling to see the various monuments and plaques. It was beautiful to see all the names of the soldiers who sacrificed their life for our country. Well presented d-day memorial.

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Hooksett NH
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155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This is a wonderful memorial to visit. The monuments and grounds are beautiful. One of the fountains depicts a battle that is simply amazing. We saw more than one person in tears; it's an emotional experience, not to be missed.

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Hell, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Stopped here not expecting much more than a placque or small statue and we were pleasantly surprised. A lot of thought went into the design with subtle things like the top looking like the reinforced German bunkers to the stripes at the top of the arch. This is a quality presentation and everyone should pay their respects and give thanks... More 

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