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National D-Day Memorial

3 Overlord Cir, Bedford, VA 24523-6094
+1 800-351-3329
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Very Educational

Had heard of this memorial for years and decided it was time to visit. Can't say how much I... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Palm Coast, Florida
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D-Day Imagined

If you are visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway near Bedford, Va., stop at the National D-Day Memorial... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Gary L
Newark, Ohio, United States
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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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3 Overlord Cir, Bedford, VA 24523-6094
+1 800-351-3329
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Had heard of this memorial for years and decided it was time to visit. Can't say how much I enjoyed it, the site honors multiple military services that were involved with the D-Day invasion, along with a tour guide that ties them all together.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

If you are visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway near Bedford, Va., stop at the National D-Day Memorial. While walking the tour you can almost imagine how frightening Omaha Beach would have been for the soldiers landing there. Sounds are realistic, but it is a little...More

Thank Gary L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While spending a long holiday week end in Charlottesville we came across a listing for the D Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. We arrived just in time to catch up with a tour that had just begun. Our guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and...More

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This monument is a critical piece of our American History and a must see. I visited the site after I stopped into the Bedford Visitor's Center, which was excellent in and of itself, and just around the corner. Bedford was chosen as the site for...More

Thank V2990HUmichellel
Reviewed 1 week ago

We weren't planning on stopping in Bedford on our way to Virginia Beach for vacation but when I saw the news coverage of the D-Day ceremony at the National D-Day Memorial I quickly added another day to our vacation. We took an extra day off...More

Thank Mrsreed0412
Reviewed 1 week ago

The National D-Day Memorial visit was incredibly sobering and moving at the same time. For a brief time, I was able to get some small sense of what true heroism is and what that heroism means for the freedom of the world. Everyone should visit...More

Thank 462timothyf
Reviewed 1 week ago

The National D-Day Memorial had been on our radar for a few years and we finally made the trip this past weekend. We waited until summer so we could enjoy the beauty of the gardens and surrounding countryside. There are regular tours provided by knowledgeable...More

Thank RichmondBoy_12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I have visited the sites in France and toured the beaches of Normandy with excellent guides. Coming to Bedford every few years is a reminder of the men we lost when we can't go back to France. We know the story of...More

Thank MarciaSimpkins
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To our delight they were open on the 4th of July and we were escorted through the memorial on a one hour tour, by a Korean War veteran, an ex-Marine and 100% patriot What a delight! He was super knowledgeable, personable, and kept everyone's interest...More

Thank Dan R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A tasteful, reverent, and respectful tribute to a special group of military members at Normandy. The grounds are pristine, the message thorough and detailed, delivered passionately, knowledgeably, and professionally. Tucked away in Bedford, the monument's grounds offer convenient access from the interstate, yet with majestic...More

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Ann T
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The guided walking tour of the Memorial takes approximately one hour, however, we recommend that you plan two hours for your visit. You may wish to walk around on your own, take photos, or visit the Memorial store for a... More