School Groups

The Memorial offers an interactive SOL based World War II program to complement your classroom curriculum.

* Discover the lessons and legacy of D-Day.  *
June 6, 1944. The largest amphibious assault to ever take place: a day that changed the course of history.

The National D-Day Memorial Foundation is committed to educating citizens of the world, especially young people, about the scope of the invasion; the role of individual service men and women; the sacrifices made by families and communities on the home front; and the critical importance and significance of D-Day.

If your school is unable to make it to the Memorial, consider our virtual field trips or traveling trunks.  To find out more, click on the education resources page.



SOL Program and Tour:
As you consider field trip opportunities for your school year, please keep in mind a trip to the only monument in the nation dedicated to D-Day. The two-hour program entitled Valor, Fidelity, Sacrifice provides students with an opportunity to interact with history under an authentic military tent.  Students examine the type of equipment worn by soldiers on D-Day, view artifacts from the period, and discover the shortages found on the homefront.

The program includes a guided tour of the site providing students with a clearer understanding of the events of June 6, 1944. Tours are conducted by one of our highly skilled guides, all of whom are well-trained and truly talented in student interaction.

Teachers are also provided with a packet of extensive pre-visit and post-visit materials including lesson plans on World War II, interdisciplinary activities, technology components, and detailed information on how to interview veterans.

Program Information:

Time: Your trip to the site will last approximately two hours. In order to accommodate all groups on site, please be on time for your scheduled program. Late arrivals will result in a shortened program. If you have a 9:30 a.m. reservation and you arrive at 10:00 a.m., your program will be shortened to an hour and a half.

Program Fees: If you are bringing 25 or more students, fees are $5.00 per student or adult. Teachers and bus drivers are free. For groups with less than 25 students, the total cost for the program is a flat fee of $125.00. Please have the money collected before arrival to the site. A member of the Education Department will collect your fees upon arrival. All checks should be made payable to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation.

Restrooms: Encourage students to use the restroom before leaving school. Restroom facilities are limited at the Memorial and large numbers of students needing to use the bathroom at the same time detracts from program time.

Cancellations: All programs are held rain or shine. Because it is an outdoor site, teachers should remind students to dress appropriately according to the weather.

Gift Shop: A visit to the gift shop is included in the program. Inexpensive items are available. Please remind students of the gift area if they wish to bring money for purchases.

Picnicking: There are no facilities on site for picnicking; however, Liberty Lake Park is located less than a mile away. To inquire about use of the park, please call 540-587-6061.

Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. For more information, please contact Felicia Lowrance, Director of Education, by email at or by telephone at 540-586-3329.

Other options for school groups:

Self-guided tours:
School groups that wish to tour the site on their own are welcome to do so, however advance reservations are still required. Due to the nature of the site, the guided tour is highly recommended.

Tour only:
School groups who do not wish to participate in the SOL program may request a guide for a tour of the site. The fee to reserve a trained tour guide for school groups is $5.00 per student and $8.00 per adult. This fee also covers admission into the Memorial for groups over 13 individuals. All reservations should be made at least two weeks in advance. To schedule a tour guide, contact Jim McCann, Tour Coordinator at 540-587-3619.