The National D-Day Memorial

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Dedicated June 6, 2001
     The National D-Day Memorial is located in Bedford, Virginia.  This site was chosen because the first wave of soldiers to hit the beach that fateful day was composed mainly of boys from Bedford.  Needless to say, casualties were very high, I think over 50 percent of them died in the first 10 minutes of the assault.  The memorial was dedicated on June 6, 2001.

     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.
Main Entrance
  Further behind is the "beach" with soldiers are making they way ashore from the "landing craft".  Water jets shoot up spouts of water to simulate machine gun fire coming from the Germans atop the cliffs.

     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.

sylviandavid says:
enjoyed these pictures although it felt a bit weird to "smile" at some of the dramatic ones.... sylvia
Posted on: Oct 14, 2010
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Dedicated June 6, 2001
Dedicated June 6, 2001
Main Entrance
Main Entrance
National D-Day Memorial
National D-Day Memorial
Vintage aircraft
Vintage aircraft
Hitting the beach
Hitting the beach
Scaling the cliffs at Normandy
Scaling the cliffs at Normandy
Close-up of detail
Close-up of detail
Over the top
Over the top
In rememberance
In rememberance
In the style of an English garden
In the style of an English garden
Eisenhower gazebo
Eisenhower gazebo
Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of…
Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander o…
Various Allied commanders
Various Allied commanders
Those who made the supreme sacrifi…
Those who made the supreme sacrif…
Purple Heart plaque
Purple Heart plaque
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photo by: Kerris82