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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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A moving and educational experience

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... read more

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very moving and informational. Our guide was excellent. Bought "The Bedford Boys" book to learn even more. Hopefully I can visit Normandy in the next few years.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This memorial is awesome. We took the free guided walking tour with a volunteer. The gentleman was an Air Force vet and had a lot of great information. The memorials are beautiful. The beaches and combat reenactment statues were so realistic. Had a wonderful afternoon. It was a little confusing getting tickets. They sell them in a building before you... More 

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Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

First, got there within an hour of closing and wish we had more time to explore. Walked the area from the planning stage to the invasion as layout by the memorial. Very realistic. If you want to read all the plaques it would take 2-3 hours to visit. Well worth the time to visit if you are in the area... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The National D-Day Memorial is beautiful, sorrowful, yet helps us understand what it means to fight and die for our country. We had a good tour guide and a nice group of folks to tour with. Spent about 2 hours at the memorial, could have spent more. I had been once before, but it never gets old. My dad was... More 

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Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We decided to go to the memorial because it was sort of on our way home, and it was a beautiful fall day. Admission is very reasonable at $10 per person. This includes a guided tour. They had said the tour was about 45 minutes, but our guide was so knowledgable and engaging that we spent 90 minutes on the... More 

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Tazewell, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

This is a small, but inspiring exhibit. It is worth one's time to turn back the clock and actually visualize what D-Day was all about. I have visited twice, and both times was awestruck.

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