National D-Day Memorial Salutes the Fallen in Bedford, VA

April 27, 2011 at 11:44 pm EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Todd Bennett

Here's a salute to the National D-Day Memorial, an 88-acre tribute in Bedford to the men who fought and died on the beaches of Normandy during WWII. The memorial opened in 2001, and is visited by 85,000 people each year. Divided into plazas that tell the story of the invasion, the memorial took seven years to build at a cost of $25 million. It takes about an hour to tour the memorial.

Why is it located here? Because Bedford County suffered the highest per capita D-Day losses in the entire nation.

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children (6 to 18). April thru October are particularly favorable times to visit the Memorial. The temperatures are warmer, the fountains are working, and many of the gardens are in bloom. If you visit during the winter months, please call ahead as the Memorial may be closed due to inclement weather or seasonal systems maintenance.

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