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“Learn About the Bedford Boys and Their Sacrifice for Us”

National D-Day Memorial
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Bedford
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 28, 2012

Why is there a D-Day Memorial in little old Bedfrod? Because more soldiers were killed from Bedford than any other part of the USA on a per capita basis. Similar is true for adjacent areas of Virginia. So this is a fitting location for a very moving and informative memorial. Anyone from any of the 8 countries involved with D-Day should visit when in the area.

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Very moving. It is a place where one should walk slowly, read, reflect and be grateful for those represented there and what they did.

1  Thank Rosie W
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

It capture's the heart and soul of the D-Day experience from arriving on a flat beach to having bullets being shot at the soldiers. This has it all.

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Reviewed September 6, 2012

Very touching and dramatic display of the honor and courage of our forefathers who soldiered for our freedom.

1  Thank LVOC54
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

This memorial has done a magnificent job of recognizing the sacrifice of the Bedford Boys. Everyone should go and see what WWII was about -- the people.

1  Thank Cathryne W
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