The National D-Day Memorial
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June 16th, 2008 – by: jmaretich
There are a variety of artifacts and memorabilia on display, but the central theme is the beach landing. As you enter, you are at the level of the cliffs or bluffs at the beach. In front of you is a bronze soldier coming over the top of the cliff. As you lean over the railing and look down, he is being followed by his comrades.
There is a tribute to the various high commanders who served, Eisenhower, Montgomery, Bradley, etc. It is situated along with a gazebo in an English type garden. Surrounding the "ocean" is a wall displaying the various medals award during the campaign, and memorial plaques for the countries involved and their fallen men.
It is not a large memorial ..... one can probably see everything in an hour to an hour and a half easily. It is about 25 miles from Interstate 81. Initially, I was puzzled by all the golf carts I saw. I learned that so many veterans of this battle had worked and lobbied so long and hard for this memorial, when it finally came to pass, they are in their 80's and 90's and most are unable to walk the grounds, hence the golf carts. If you have any interest in World War II or military history, make plans to see this memorial.
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