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National D-Day Memorial
Ranked #1 of 15 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 July 23, 2013

Do not pass this up if you are heading across Virginia. Even better, you have to see this even if it is out of your way, so make it a destination. We didn't take a 'tour', but we spoke extensively to the staff in the gift shop who provided us with a wealth of information. The thought and detail that went into this memorial are one the most touching things I have ever seen. I could go on, but no words can really describe it.

Thank Amy S
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

The guide at the memorial was fantastic, interesting and Informative. We went in October and the leaves had turned and the place was breathtaking with the colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Peaks of Otter in the background.

Thank Eddie H
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

I went with about 30 other motorcyclist from the Harley Davidson Owner Group on Saturday June 29 2013 and we had a very good tour guide. I learn a little more about this memorial and D-Day. If you have never been here I highly recommend you stop by and take the time to learn about one of the best memorial that is for our fallen heroes.

Thank Tom B
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

We usually do Civil War locations, but this was outstanding. At first I was annoyed that they charged a fee ($8.00) for adults. We arrived at 4:30 and the agent was annoyed we showed up. The stay open (even though is summer) till 5:30pm.
When we rode up the hill it takes your breath away at the thought that went into this memorial the sculptures and the presentation was beautiful. This is a must see.

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Reviewed June 10, 2013

My brother-in-law was visiting and we thought he might enjoy this. It was our first time and I actually wasn't looking forward to it. I was so surprised at what a beautiful memorial this is! It was very hot that day and we had our teenage daughter along who we were afraid would be miserable. But, we all enjoyed it and spent a couple of hours looking at all the displays. The guides were wonderful. Very well done and very moving.

2  Thank Anabella93
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