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National D-Day Memorial

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Address: 3 Overlord Cir, Bedford, VA 24523-6094
Phone Number: +1 800-351-3329
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The National D-Day Memorial is located in Bedford, Virginia - the community...

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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Remembering Normandy

It was a bit of dreary day, but one of the best historical visits we've ever had. Our guide was knowledgeable and interesting. I would recommend this memorial if you are in the... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a bit of dreary day, but one of the best historical visits we've ever had. Our guide was knowledgeable and interesting. I would recommend this memorial if you are in the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited almost by accident as the place is not well advertised but so glad we did. You are taken on a guide tour by a veteran who mixed truth with humour as he guided us round. Some of the sculpture were remarkable as was the symbolism of the layout. Many museums and memorials glorify conflict or the victorious but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have seen most of the war sites in Europe which are awe-inspiring, so it's nice to see that we have a majestic WWII Memorial here in the US other than those in Washington, DC. This Memorial honors all the participants of the D-Day Landing and especially the "Bedford Boys." I suggest you read Alex Kershaw's book of that title... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Most interesting historical attraction with guides included telling the story of the D day invasion of France in 1944. Our guide was very informed and would stop to answer questions. The guide escorted a group of about 15 people. We were a group of 3. Also told the story of the Boys from Bedford who suffered the highest casualty rate... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Wife and I were at SML for weekend and went to the National D-Day Memorial. It was a great learning environment and you can either walk around on your own or take a guided tour, once you have a ticket. ( you have to get the ticket at the Bedford Visitor center at the foot of the hill). We did... More 

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Hopatcong, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When visiting Bedford we just decided to go the National D-Day Memorial and so glad we did. We did the tour and it was an amazing. The tour guide was so knowledgeable and the statues were so life like. They really did such a great job when doing this memorial. I would def recommend doing the tour with a guide,... More 

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Suffolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide, George, was informative and very knowledgeable. The site is laid out to provide information about the planning, execution, and consequences of D Day. Special recognition is given to the human elements, especially the sacrifices of our young men. A must-see if you are near Bedford, VA..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The D-Day Memorial is a must visit for anyone interested in World War II or American military history. It is a large outdoor area that symbolically covers the Normandy invasions from planning, crossing the English Channel, the landings in France, and then the movement inland. My wife and I planned to spend an hour there, instead we spent almost three... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband is the real history buff and I just go along with him But this place is amazing and our guide was outstanding! She shared so many stories. Our tour time ran over but this didn't stop her from telling stories and we all stayed to listen This memorial honors all the Allied forces that participated in the invasion... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the National D-Day Memorial with friends from out of town. Having lived just 30 miles from the site for 13 years we had never visited. What a mistake we had made. The entire visit is very moving and brings the history of the Normandy landings front and center. The statues, stories and plaques are amazing. Guided tours are given... More 

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