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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
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... more » 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. « less
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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We visited the Memorial on a Saturday afternoon. We took a guided tour, which I definitely recommend, unless you are an expert on D-Day and WW II. The guide was very knowledgeable, and was able to pull together the different areas of the site. We were impressed with the thought put into the design and the effort to honor all... More

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Pinckneyville, Illinois
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Our guide drove us around in a golf cart and told us about all the many statues and what everything depicted, and then we were allowed to stroll on our own. The copy of the beach landing and the figures that were carved or I guess sculpted were just wonderful. It was a wonderful tribute to the young men who... More

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Medina, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Bedford was selected as the National D-Day Memorial site due to the fact that area soldiers experienced the highest casualty rates during the first day of D-Day - 90%.

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Waynesboro, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This memorial was meaningful and moving, depicting some of what our soldiers encountered during that battle. The memorial is well done, beautiful.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Normally I didn't like this kind of memorials but this one is fantastic. A very spacious and grandiose monument with an intelligent idea behind the construction. Anyone who paces the monument from north to south, gets an idea of ​​the D-Day.

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North Carolina
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

For anyone who is interested in visiting historical sites, especially those with an attachment to World War 2, the trip to Bedford, VA is well worth your time. We were offered a guided tour of the memorial which would have been very enjoyable had it not been for a somewhat driving rain. If you're a veteran, after paying your admission... More

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Tulsa
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Getting to Bedford is the only downside to this trip, and it isn't that bad. The Memorial is incredible and well worth the drive! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and really made the visit. If you are anywhere close, this is worth a couple hours to see!

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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Buy your tickets at the visitor centre where they are more than helpful and give you a map. You can choose a guided tour or to simply walk around on your own, which is what we did. Although it is only small, there is a lot of information to be had. It is immaculately kept and easy to walk around.... More

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Burlington, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This Memorial is very well done - thoughtful, full of information, spacious, etc. - all without going to excess. Entrance tickets are cheap ($8) and include a guided tour. The tickets are available at the excellent visitor center at the entrance to the Memorial. Hint - while there, buy discounted tickets to Jefferson's Poplar Forest (nearby) and get directions to... More

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Linwood
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The D-Day Memorial was an unbelievable place to visit. The D-Day Memorial Foundation made the memorial to preserve the lessons and legacy of D-Day.It is in Bedford, VA which is a little out of the way, but well worth the trip. The ticket is $8.00 per person which you purchase at the visitor's center. You can view the memorial on... More

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