It’s the 74th anniversary of D-Day today.
And every D-Day, I like to take a moment to remember the Boys from Bedford.
Bedford is a small Virginia town up in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
And it is there, not Washington DC, where the National D-Day Memorial is located.
Well, no town in the United States suffered more loss on D-Day than Bedford, Virginia.
Proportionately, Bedford sacrificed far more – nineteen men – during the D-Day invasion. Two others died later in the operation. And another two men from another unit perished as well.
And when you consider that Bedford, Virginia had a population of 3,200, twenty-three lost is a staggering number.
The D-Day Memorial features the flags of every participating nation. And it is the only D-Day memorial that bears the names of all 4,413 souls lost during Operation Overlord.
I’ve been to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford. And let me tell you, it is breathtaking and moving.
If you haven’t been, it’s well worth the trip.
Now, I realize I’m sounding like a tour guide.
But there is no more beautiful place than the Blue Ridge Mountains. And the placement of the memorial – high up with views that stretch for miles – is a sight to behold.
Let me tell you, for me — standing there, walking that site — was one of the most moving experiences of my life.
Check out this video from the National D-Day Memorial website:
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