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National D-Day Memorial

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Address: 3 Overlord Cir, Bedford, VA 24523-6094
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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 have always wanted to go to this and we finally made it last fall. What wonderful memorial to all those who were part of the invasion force. If you go take advantage of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have always wanted to go to this and we finally made it last fall. What wonderful memorial to all those who were part of the invasion force. If you go take advantage of the free tours (you have to pay an entry fee to t he park). the tour leaders are well versed in the history and tell some... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We'd heard about this memorial but had never been. SO glad we took the time! The small fee was worth it many times over. The walking tour was easy, though it took us a while because we wanted to truly see everything. The tour guide was highly knowledgeable and personable. Afterwards we stayed a while longer and went back over... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great visit even without the water and flags. This was a winter visit but guide was interesting and really happy to share information.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful memorial to all our veterans we have lost in the name of our country! It is well thought out and a very peaceful and serene place to remember our loved ones whom we hold dear to our hearts.

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Altavista VA, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This memorial is the best and most respectable I have ever been to. The grounds is very hollowed and respective. Many of my members of my family died and fought in this war. Was very moving

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every monument and plaque is so touching. This is one of the most well-done memorials I have ever visited. All of the guides are retired veterans, and our guide Rodger really added to the experience. He was incredibly knowledgeable and really drove home the importance of what these men did. Plan to spend a couple of hours there, and really... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2017 via mobile

I grew up in DC so I have seen many monuments. This place is so much more and as a veteran I was deeply touched. There is really nothing more to say as you need to experience it by going there. Rest in peace my brothers in war.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2017

The enormous D-Day Memorial is quite a surprise situated in Bedford, Virginia. Our guide was well versed in the subject and answered al lout questions

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

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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