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National D-Day Memorial, Bedford
(4.9/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan to see National D-Day Memorial and other attractions that appeal to you using our Bedford vacation trip planner.
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  • The staff was friendly and very thorough. We didn't take the tour, but from what we heard as we passed we definitely will next time. It was cold the day we went and the pool was already drained. We pl...  more »
  • Having read the book, The Bedford Boys, I was fully aware of the sacrifice that this town made during D-Day. I had been looking forward to visiting the National D-Day Memorial since finishing the book...  more »
  • I wasn't aware of the Memorial until I got to the Bedford area. It was a moving experience for me as I served in the U.S. Army (not WWII, the late 70's) and have read tons of histories of the entire w...  more »
  • The National D-Day Memorial is a meticulously planned and fitting tribute to the Americans and other Allied Forces who participated in this epic operation. We arrived just before a scheduled tour so decided to join. I was glad that we did - our tour guide Bill was fantastic. He provided a link between the history and the symbolism of each stage of the memorial. He also encouraged questions, which gave the tour an interactive feel that I really appreciated. After the tour, we looped back to the beginning and took more time to read and move through the Memorial at a slower pace. The staff in the Visitor's Center and in the Memorial store were all incredibly friendly and helpful. We were also very happy for the opportunity to place two small flags honoring my grandfathers, both WWII veterans, at the base of one of the sculptures. The natural beauty of the surrounding countryside, including a view of the Peaks of Otter, adds to the serenity and gravity of the place. Highly recommended.
  • Fifth visit to the memorial and learn something new each and every time. The Volunteers (veterans) are very knowledgeable and all give a great presentation.
  • Definitely worth the drive off the beaten track. One of the best memorials I have seen. Take the time to go through the tour with a guide. The information provided during the tour will enhance your appreciation and you will enjoy all that there is to see even more.
  • What better place to send your commander off to new endeavors to have a Change-of-Command Ceremony at the National D-Day Memorial. It was an awesome backdrop with a prestigious, Honored, and commanding message for what our Soldiers achieved that day.
  • Awsome experience walking the grounds. Highly recommend!