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Saturday, May 27, 2006

The National D-Day Memorial

Memorializing the Fallen of June 6, 1944

The National D-Day Memorial is a solemn yet powerful reminder that the freedoms we enjoy today were secured at a cost. Soldiers, sailors, and airmen embarking upon the "Great Crusade" realized the singular importance of their mission on D-Day. They also realized its many dangers. Nearly 4,500 Allied and American troops lost their lives on 6 June 1944. Their names, engraved on tablets encircling the middle plaza, remind visitors of the individual sacrifices troops made on that fateful day in Normandy. The National D-Day Memorial Foundation is dedicated to preserving their legacy.

* Soldiers & Sailors at Worship:
A Field Chapel Service, c. 1944 *May 28, 2006 - 9:00am

Even in combat, many troops made time for their faith. The 29th Living History Association will conduct a period church service as seen in the field during World War II. Bring your own chair and see how it was done. Regular fees apply.

* Uniting in Remembrance
* May 29, 2006 - 11am

To observe Memorial Day, the Memorial will have a wreath-laying ceremony to pay tribute to those who have given their lives in service to our nation. The ceremony includes music, special speakers, and the dedication of new plaques recognizing those who were killed during the Normandy invasion as well as new narrative plaques describing the contributions of others. The Memorial will also dedicate a full bronze statue of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. The statue is the latest addition to the Memorial. Free admission until noon.

* 62nd Anniversary of D-Day
* June 6, 2006 - 11am

Spend the 62nd anniversary of D-Day at the National D-Day Memorial where valor, fidelity, and sacrifice are honored everyday. Pay tribute to those soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in Normandy 62 years ago and honor those veterans who lived to fight another day. There will be a brief ceremony at the site. Selective members of the crew of the USS Normandy will be represented including Command Chaplain Lt. Robert N. Burns, Jr. The Enduring Freedom Honor Team will also perform while dressed in period attire. The Memorial will have tours throughout the day. Regular fees apply.

Hours of Operation:

Memorial Hours: Open from 10:00 AM through 5:00 PM daily. Closing at 3pm Christmas Eve, Closed on Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Thanksgiving Day. Openings before or after normal operating hours by special arrangement for the additional fees listed below under Special Openings.

Memorial Store: Open from 10:00 AM through 5:00 PM daily. Closing at 3pm Christmas Eve, Closed on Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Thanksgiving Day. Closed January 2 for inventory.

Foundation Office Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM. Closed on Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Thanksgiving Day; other holiday closings may occur. When in doubt, telephone to confirm opening before visiting the Foundation Office.

Admission Fees: The National D-Day Memorial is a private, non-profit organization that receives no federal funding. All fees go toward the operation and security of the site so that it can be properly preserved and maintained for future generations.

Regular Entry Fee:
$5.00 per adult
$3.00 per child (ages 6-16)
Under 6 - free


The National D-Day Memorial is located at the interchange of Routes 460 Bypass and 122, in the city of Bedford, between Roanoke and Lynchburg, Virginia. Access to Interstate 81 and 29 from Route 460 are within 20 miles of the Memorial. You may view this location using the MapQuest map service.

Images and info from, The National D-Day Memorial online.

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