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National D-Day Memorial

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Address: 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford, VA 24523
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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The memorial is a fantastic tribute. The tour guides are very knowledgeable about the history and can answer pretty much anything you throw at them. The memorial is beautiful and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Colne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The memorial is a fantastic tribute. The tour guides are very knowledgeable about the history and can answer pretty much anything you throw at them. The memorial is beautiful and moving really worth a visit.

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Apopka, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful tribute to our military men and women who gave their lives for our country. Well maintained.

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Goodview, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I would recommend getting the tour. We took the tour just this past Tuesday and it was full of information I'm sure most people these days don't have any knowledge of. I think I was told the average tour length was an hour and a half, but ours ran a bit longer. There isn't a spot on the memorial you... More 

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

I have been to this memorial several times in the past few years and it never fails to remind me of the stories I heard as a child. Stories told about the joy of loved ones returning home and the lingering sorrow for those who did not. Sometimes, we get so caught up in our daily living, we forget the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This memorial is beautiful and the volunteer guides are very knowledgeable and entertaining. This is a must see attraction if you are in Bedford.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This memorial is a special place for reflection and remembering. Remembering for those who were there and reflection for those who weren't. The day was hot when we arrived and we worried about all the walking needed to see the entire memorial. Not to worry though as there were golf carts available for those who might need a ride. They... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to this memorial several times and this time shared it with our 10 and 12 year old grandsons on "Family Day." This is a special event where they are able to talk to WWII veterans and learn about many aspects of the war at home and overseas. We all learned new things about uniforms, equipment, food, support... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The D Day Memorial is beautiful but far too much walking for older people. Many of the Vets from WWII, Korea and Vietnam Nam are up there in years and cannot walk the tour because it is too long. There should be a tram to enable all elderly visitors to see the memorial. Also, a two dollar reduction in price... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I lived in Bedford when they started building the memorial; I remember when it was just the Overlord Arch. It's been amazing to see how much it's built up over the years, and I have visited a few times since it became a paid memorial. I hadn't been in a few years and decided to take my boyfriend, who is... More 

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Cary, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Memorial, led by a 30 year Navy Vet, was poignant, informative, beautifully thought out and an amazing place to experience. The gardens are meticulously manicured, the bronze statues were works of art and the honor to our fallen soldiers is done in a very classy way. I choked back tears during our 2 hour personal tour and learned so... More 

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