Located on a consecrated 88-acre site in the City of Bedford, Virginia, the National D-Day Memorial features a triumphal arch inscribed with OVERLORD, The Allies' code name for the Normandy landing, as well as displays, statuary, and plaques recognizing all service branches and Allied nations that participated in the Allied Expeditionary Force.
Bedford, Virginia was selected at the site for the Memorial because this rural community is emblematic of the communities across our nation that sent citizen-soldiers to the war. With a population of 3,200, Bedford lost 19 of its young men in the Normandy landing-the single greatest sacrifice of any of our nation's communities.
This memorial is well worth the trip. It took us about 45 minutes to drive there, the drive was just beautiful. The memorial is so amazing, it is very well done. There were so many beautiful flower gardens, a very nice place. We walked around for about 2 hours, you can get golf cart tours or guided walking tours. We did the tour on our own, it was a very hot day for all of that walking, but we loved it.
After our nice walking tour of the National D-Day Memorial we went to the Olde Liberty Station for lunch, I will tell you about this wonderful restaurant in another post, I have pictures as well.