Experience a National Tribute to our Heroes, and so Much More in Bedford! Bedford is home to the National D-Day Memorial, a deeply moving tribute to the American and Allied forces that fought in the largest amphibious invasion of all time.
he Memorial overlooks the community that suffered the greatest losses of life per capita than any in the United States. The Memorial is open daily during the spring through fall, and hosts many events throughout the year. On Saturday, May 20, the Memorial will host the 4th annual Armed Forces Day 5K and Youth Fun Run. Not only does the race begin and
end at the picturesque Memorial, but a total change in elevation of 220 feet provides a unique challenge for runners of all levels to “Conquer the Hill.” To kick off Memorial Day weekend, there will be a special outdoor concert on Friday evening, May 26 at 7 p.m. featuring the Jefferson Choral Society. Then on Memorial Day at 11 a.m., a special ceremony will honor veterans and Virginia’s first Gold Star Families Memorial Monument will be dedicated with special guest WWII Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams. On June 6, the 73rd anniversary of D-Day will be commemorated with keynote speaker Jerry Yellin, a
WWII pilot who flew the final combat mission of the war, during which his wingman was the last man killed in combat. There will be a Veterans Reunion tent and music by the 29th Division Band. Admission is free and the Memorial will remain open until 9 p.m. While visiting Bedford, be sure to check out historic Centertown for restaurants and shopping. For additional information, visit the Bedford Area Welcome Center at 816 Burks Hill Road, call 540-587-5681, or go to www.visitbedford.com.
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