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National D-Day Memorial

3 Overlord Circle, P.O. Box 77, Bedford, VA 24523
+1 800-351-3329
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Bedford
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
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Owner description: 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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Salem, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

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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306 helpful votes 306 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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Landstuhl, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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27 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

incredible site with very knowledgeable guides. Memorial is packed with incredibly intimate honoring those brave souls of DDay. We'll definitely be back to experience the anecdotes, the displays and the personalized history presented here. DO NOT skip this exceptional experience!!

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I had always wanted to stop at this memorial on my way through Bedford but didn't think they are open on weekends (they are open 7days/week 10-5pm) When I arrived, I went on a guided tour (only $10 vs $8 self guided tour). Our tour guide spoke about every landmark and every beach (Omaha, Utah and others) and spoke of... More

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Rindge, New Hampshire
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Located in the Virginia countryside in Bedford, VA, with the Blue Ridge mountains in the distance, The National D-Day Memorial is a solemn reminder of the immensity of the task facing the Allied forces on that day and of the impact of the sacrifice on the nation, with Bedford being the hardest hit, per capita, American community in terms of... More

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Steamboat Springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This memorial is located in beautiful Bedford, Virginia because that town suffered the most loses. It is an emotional experience. The tribute is moving. I became completely absorbed by the memorial as I approached the beach area; it's really just like being there on the beach with those brave soldiers. I highly recommend an hour or two here and a... More

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

We had heard about this in the UK, so included it in our tour if the area - so pleased we did. It's a big site, but car friendly to reach the memorial. Once there the atmosphere kicked in, we slowed down and just became absorbed. What an evocative and emotion causing place. We only had half and hour due... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We stopped there on a drive from Blacksburg to Charlottesville. As an adult, I was moved by the stories and the effort put into this great memorial. However my 4 and 6 year olds were a bit bored. Other reviewers thought kids might enjoy the guided tours, but I don't think mine would have. Bummer. I hope to stop again... More

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