National D-Day Memorial and the Boys from Bedford

Bedford

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.

Why?

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.

Bedford D-Day Memorial

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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3 thoughts on “National D-Day Memorial and the Boys from Bedford

  • June 6, 2018 at 11:41 am
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    I live 30 mins from there…my grampa, his brother, and his brother in law all survived D-Day, and every time I go there, at least 3 times a year, I cry, and I have been crying since they broke ground in 1999….such a beautiful, sad, yet uplifting place, thank you for spotlighting it

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    • June 6, 2018 at 12:19 pm
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      When everybody was cheering that stupid “Fearless girl” sculpture, the first thing that popped into my mind were those powerful sculptures at the National D-Day Memorial. Fearless girl my ass. If you want to see real fearless sculptures, go see this memorial. Those men are fearless. And those sculptures portray that fearlessness in such a powerful way.

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  • June 6, 2018 at 9:23 pm
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    My wife and daughter hounded me to go the the Nam Memorial – for years. I finally caved. BIG MISTAKE. I did not get half way through before I broke down. Crying, shaking like I had DT (I admit I ha been drinker for over 65 years. but DT’S no!), tears running down my face. I know not who was more embarrassed! I lost a lot of buddies to Chm Mao’s kalasnikoveren ; I will not forget; nor will I ever forgive.
    My Daughter has been to Nam 4 times. First 3 times she asked me to go too. I said “Only to kill!” She knew I meant it; so last time she just went.

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