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National D-Day Memorial

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Address: 3 Overlord Cir, Bedford, VA 24523-6094
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+1 800-351-3329
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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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We visited for a school field trip. I had never been but was blown away by what the soldiers had to endure on that day. Also found information on the Bedford Boys interesting... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited for a school field trip. I had never been but was blown away by what the soldiers had to endure on that day. Also found information on the Bedford Boys interesting. Definitely a must see. The Town of Bedford is also a nice place to roam for an afternoon.

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Bedford, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This WWII D-Day Memorial is an excellent place to visit. It has numerous displays and beautiful plantings all over the property. Around the Memorial are listed every soldier and sailor that gave their life during the invasion. Well worth visiting.

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Arnold, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the memorial honors all service members, who participated in the greatest military operation in history: the invasion of France on June 6, 1944. The memorial is set in Bedford, Virginia, the community that suffered the highest American per capita losses on D-Day. The layout of the memorial begins with the planning phase commemorated... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped on a very slow day since it was so close to Christmas, but they changed the time of the tour for us and we're very nice. The guide was very knowledgeable and the grounds are beautiful. It was a humbling experience. The only thing was they had all the water turned off for the cold season, but I... More 

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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

The staff was friendly and very thorough. We didn't take the tour, but from what we heard as we passed we definitely will next time. It was cold the day we went and the pool was already drained. We plan to go back in the spring.

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Sanford, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Having read the book, The Bedford Boys, I was fully aware of the sacrifice that this town made during D-Day. I had been looking forward to visiting the National D-Day Memorial since finishing the book. We left very impressed with the way the memorial has been laid out to honor the people who prepared the battle plan, the people who... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

I wasn't aware of the Memorial until I got to the Bedford area. It was a moving experience for me as I served in the U.S. Army (not WWII, the late 70's) and have read tons of histories of the entire war and especially D-Day. Plan to spend at least a couple of hours if not most of the day.... More 

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Germantown, TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016 via mobile

This sobering memorial is dedicated to some of the most brave soldiers ever. It is definitely worth seeing it, of all memorials! This was almost a suicide mission with protected machine gunning Nazis and our soldiers with no air support. No one should have fought under those circumstances, with the heaviest casualties, ever! This memorial is in the city of... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

We joined a tour presented by a veteran, who was very knowledgeable. The tour has about 20 stops, and you can follow a guide or walk on your own. There are busts and statues of many leaders, both military and political. The beach tableau is well done, with representations of the landing craft, soldiers both dead and alive, and pillboxes... More 

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Woodstock, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016 via mobile

Took a short stop to see the memorial. I was very impressed. Such a beautiful place and very quiet. I wish I had more time to sit and reflect. Must stop and visit. Worth the time.

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