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National D-Day Memorial

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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 extremely well done memorial. Take the golf cart tour which is led by a veteran. They can tell you all the information about the memorial and the contribution the Bedford... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Bedford, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An extremely well done memorial. Take the golf cart tour which is led by a veteran. They can tell you all the information about the memorial and the contribution the Bedford Boys made. When you come get your tickets down at the Bedford Visitor's Center just below the memorial. Hopefully there will be a WWII veteran there to talk to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Everyone who loves history needs to visit this Memorial. Take the tour and learn about all the statues, busts, the Bedford boys and more. This was a very moving experience.

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Paoli, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wow ! Just wow ! The feelings evoked here are hard to put into words. I felt as if I were on those beaches of Normandy. An added bonus was the WWII veteran on the porch that spoke with us of his experiences.

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Amissville, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This memorial is extremely moving and captures the heart and spirit of all who took part in the Normandy invasion. Better than any monument in DC!!! The guides are knowledgeable but after the tour be sure to just walk around and listen in your mind to share their experience. You can do it much quicker but taking more time is... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is by far one of the best memorials to the servicemen who took part in D Day. Having also been to the Normandy beaches, this captures so much of the sacrifice that was made.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can't possibly describe my feelings here on this hallowed ground. Honored by my service, humbled by my lack of sacrifice, and filled with pride to be an American. Tears fell freely here, without shame. We placed a flag to honor Drex's father, Charles Edgar Freeman a veteran of 3 wars including WW2. I hope he is smiling on us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We debated not going as it's about 20 minutes off Rte 81. I'm so glad we did. The memorial encompasses all five beaches and details everything that happened before, during and after. Very, very impressive. The sculptures from the angel to Eisenhower are well done and really help you feel the humanity in it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Bedford Virginia to see the d-day memorial, it was very well done. The guide was very knowledgeable, and we learned many interesting facts we didn't know prior to our visit. definitely worth a visit.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family (two teenage boys, wife, and me) stopped here on our way home from a Williamsburg vacation. You pay at the county visitor's center at the bottom of the hill before you go up. The price seems steep to see something that seems like something that would normally be in DC. The reason is that Congress authorized this memorial... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an amazing Memorial. This is a a hidden jewel that needs to be visited. My husbands father was a Word War 2 Veteran and we have been visiting Memorial for these heros let us never forget what they sacrificed for our Freedon. This is a a place that everyone should see.

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