D-Day Memorial to be dedicated in Bedford

BEDFORD, Va. - The valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of the Allied Armed Forces who stormed the beach of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, will be honored when the National D-Day Memorial is dedicated on June 6, 2001. The Memorial is located in Bedford, Virginia, the community that lost the most men per capita of any United States municipality on D-Day.

The Overlord Arch is the center piece of the D-Day Memorial. (File photo by Maj. A. A. Puryear)
The dedication ceremony will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. and will last approximately two hours. The event will be open to the public at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the high volume of visitors expected to arrive for the ceremony, there is not a guarantee of on-site access for everyone.

DIVARTY will be providing a 3-howitzer salute as part of the ceremony and 100 soldiers from A Company, 1-116th Infantry Regiment from Bedford will be taking part in the ceremony as well.

Parking for the June 6 event will be entirely off-site, with shuttles running continually from each of five satellite parking areas beginning at 7:00 a.m. Each lot will open at 6:15 a.m. and buses will begin loading soon after.

All visitors must be in a remote parking area by 9:00 a.m. in order to be admitted to the site. No visitors will be allowed onto the site between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

After the ceremony, the site will be open until 4:00 p.m. Beginning June 7, the National D-Day Memorial will be open regularly 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The Memorial will be closed to the public on Mondays.

For more information, visit the D-Day Memorial web site at www.dday.org contact the Foundation by email at dday@dday.org or phone (540-586-DDAY or 800-351-DDAY).

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