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Address: 3 Overlord Cir, Bedford, VA 24523-6094
Phone Number: +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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An Amazing Memorial - Better than the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

This is one of the most impressive memorials I have ever seen. While I understand the significance of its location, it is a shame that more people do not know about it or about... read more

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Gainesville, Virginia
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Gainesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of the most impressive memorials I have ever seen. While I understand the significance of its location, it is a shame that more people do not know about it or about the phenomenal tour guides who are available to interpret the memorial for you and bring all if its aspects to life. If you are interested in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Several couple's went to see the memorial we hit it just right for the 3:00 ture. Outstanding guide. It is hard to believe that our country had that many brave Young men. Our guide was excellent. It is so sad that so many don't know about those that gave us the freedom to be so unpatriotic. God help our country!!

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Thank Corbin W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Heard about this and finally stopped in and took the 1.5 hrs you need to look around. You can pay $10 and get a walking tour which is so worth it. The stories with the memorial are the best. You can request a golf cart tour for someone who is handicapped or can't walk.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is an amazing place to visit. So much symbolism, so much history and an incredible story to learn. The memorial interprets through monuments, plaques, statues and much more. Bedford is located in between Lynchburg and Roanoke on U.S. 460 and the memorial is located directly off of the highway. It's easy to get into and out of. First tip:... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I took the tour of this outstanding memorial. We were a group of about 30, many of whom had served their country. We were the only guests from outside the US and our host ensured that her talk reflected this. The statuary was very moving and we were glad we took the tour as we learned so... More 

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Prince George, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I visited a few days ago and the staff at the ticket office and at the memorial were very nice and helpful...esp Jim! Now the memorial was an honorable place to visit and it was well thought out as far as how it was put together and presented. There were some major maintenance issues though. The access... More 

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Nicole J, Public Relations Manager at National D-Day Memorial, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the National D-Day Memorial! We appreciate your feedback on the maintenance issues you noticed. Our operations and facilities staff already have these items and more on their checklist. As funds become available these items will be addressed on a priority basis. Being a non-profit organization, we rely on donations (monetary and in-kind) to assist in the... More 

Deerfield Beach, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well detailed account of planning, execution and attack of D Day. Located in Bedford, Va just minutes away from Lynchburg. This city lost the most souls per capita during this event. There are very informative tour guides available that will take you through all phases and will provide great background information.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Going from Civil War immersion into WWII felt a little jarring, but monument very touching with the thought and planning that went into it. Meant a lot to be able to have D-Day made a bit more real for us. Glad to be able to show respect for these men who made such a sacrifice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Today, we visited the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA. I heard good things about this place in advance. Lucky for us they had a commemoration ceremony with Korean War veteran guest speaker. This was very moving to say the least. The outdoor exhibits and monuments are some of the best I have seen. I would advise taking the tour... More 

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Great Falls, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second visit to the memorial. This time we joined a tour led by a docent -- strongly recommended. Depending on your level of interest, one could spend at least a couple of hours at the Memorial (the tour takes about one hour and runs on the hour). If you go, be sure to see the 10 minute... More 

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