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