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“This was SOOO worth the trip to Bedford”

National D-Day Memorial
Ranked #1 of 22 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 15 August 2014 via mobile

Our family of three was looking for somewhere to stop and something to do on the way from Northern Virginia to North Carolina. We had noticed this place on Google maps and decided to check it out. My 14-year-old son is very well-read on WWII so this was another great experience especially since three is nowhere like this in the US. This memorial is beautifully done and you surely will learn more than a few new bits of info you didn't know before this experience. There is an admission fee just to enter the memorial area but for $2 per person extra, take the guided walking tour. The volunteer guide was knowledgeable and explained all the symbolism of the various areas of the memorial and shared other facts and stories. This place is just plain fabulous and would be worth a drive to Bedford.

Thank jenlec
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

We visited the D-Day Memorial with a group of 12 people ranging from age 7 to 65 and all of us enjoyed the tour. We went on a dreary day that it was raining off and on, it was nice to see that they had umbrellas out if you wanted to use them. We decided to pay the extra $2 per person for the 45 minute tour and I am so glad we did. We learned so much of the symbolism of everything that makes the memorial so beautiful. Everything at the memorial has a meaning from the trees planted around the gardens to the representation of the soldiers landing on the beaches of Normandy. The grounds are so well cared for, it is stunning. If you are in the area I would definitely recommend making a stop in Bedford, Virginia and taking a tour!

1  Thank Diana T
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

We visited the D-Day Memorial on a a very rainy Saturday afternoon. The grey skies matched the serious mood of the Memorial and the water on the tableau representing the English channel made it more realistic. The memorial is very well thought out and moving. From the planning of the invasion to the iconic scenes on the beaches, each part of the day is represented. Staring down the landing craft ramp to a watery depiction of the landing, complete with the sounds of shots fired and water spraying, was inspiring.

The price for 4 people, with 2 students, was $25 and they advise you to buy your tickets at the Bedford Visitor's center. There is a guard gate at the entrance to the Overlord Road, but no one was there that day. I think that if it were a busy day, someone might be there checking to see if you had tickets.

Guided tours are available but the memorial visitor's guide gives a detailed account of the significance of each item in the memorial. It took us about an hour to see the whole grounds, beginning at with the statue of Eisenhower and ending after the war.

There were umbrellas available for use in case you go there in the rain too!

Thank Patricia F
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

A very well thought out Memorial not afraid to show casualties. From the open bow of a landing craft with spurts of gunfire in the water to the scaling of the cliffs it shows what the troops endured on the landing beaches, this has to be one of the most thought provoking Memorials ever built. With busts of all the main commanders involved in D-Day it shows what a combined effort it was. The Memorial is very well planned and is accessible to everyone. Remember you need to purchase your tickets at the Visitor Centre before you enter the Memorial.

1  Thank phil52_10
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

Finally a place of honor to recognize our fallen who stared the 2nd front. Well worth admission and the travel as a one stop location
for education for the young and old. Plenty of local history as well,
and places to eat and stay over if you wish.

Thank John H
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