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National D-Day Memorial, Bedford

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Pay your respects to the Allied soldiers that participated in the 1944 invasion of Normandy at National D-Day Memorial. An English garden, victory plaza, and invasion tableau serve as a powerful tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of those who took part in the World War II battle. As the American town that suffered the greatest per-capita loss on D-Day, Bedford makes a fitting home for this important memorial, opened in 2001. Read the names of the residents who participated in the D-Day event alongside many more on tablets that border the Elmon T. Gray Plaza. The list includes all 4,413 fallen Allied soldiers, making it the most complete list of its kind in the world. Take a guided tour to learn more and read the information displays throughout the site. To visit National D-Day Memorial and other attractions in Bedford, use our Bedford trip maker app.
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  • Exceptional memorial honoring the D-Day heroes. Highly recommended to anyone interested in how D-Day unfolded and how the soldiers braved in the harshest of assaults. 
    Exceptional memorial honoring the D-Day heroes. Highly recommended to anyone interested in how D-Day unfolded and how the soldiers braved in the harshest of assaults.  more »
  • I was not sure what to expect, but we found the Memorial a well-thought-out and moving experience. The signage tells a remarkable story without being overwhelming and the move from beginning to end.....  more
    I was not sure what to expect, but we found the Memorial a well-thought-out and moving experience. The signage tells a remarkable story without being overwhelming and the move from beginning to end.....  more »
  • Took a one hour guided tour, which was well worth the time. We would have missed a lot of the meanings otherwise. A moving tribute to the thousands of men and women who served and died. 
    Took a one hour guided tour, which was well worth the time. We would have missed a lot of the meanings otherwise. A moving tribute to the thousands of men and women who served and died.  more »
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  • One of the most impressive sites I've ever seen! I hope it stays that way. I got more than my monies worth. I just walked around and took many pictures. Next time I hope to bring my family members with me and do a group tour. Thank you, VA, for this beautiful memorial to our fallen soldiers! The drive there was beautiful, too, but drive carefully because some of the roads have sharp curves.
  • Worth a stop if you’re in the area, but be advised that the price of admission is a bit steep. Our family took advantage of the Blue Star summer admission and got it for free, but we would have been disappointed if we paid full price. My favorite feature is actually the bathrooms, which are structured to have an exterior built like a German pillbox and integrated into the beach landing scene.
  • This place is wonderful stop to remember and appreciate the freedom we have today. Due to the season there wasn’t any water which gives it an even more real experience to storming the shores but wonderful nonetheless.
  • An absolute must... the weather set the tone! Nothing like experiencing the sounds of the bullets hitting the water... the effects were amazing 👏
  • Beautiful, meaningful memorial to all those who died on D-Day and, in particular, the Bedford Boys. Symbolism behind every single thing. The guides do a wonderful job!

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