On June 6, 1944 Bedford, Virginia lost 20 of the 32 sons it sent to the invasion of Normandy, a devastating blow to the tiny community of just over 3,200 souls. Over time, grief gave rise to solemn pride and deep commitment to ensuring the story of D-Day and its costs and consequences were not lost on future generations. That commitment, along with the distinction of sustaining the highest per capita D-Day losses, placed the monument to D-Day here rather than elsewhere in the country. Dedicated in 2001 with some 24,000 in attendance, the Memorial has since hosted hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe.
The Memorial’s motto – “Commemorating Their Valor, Fidelity, and Sacrifice” – places education squarely at the center of its mission and “The Final Salute,” the 75th anniversary of D-Day, promises to be the Memorial’s biggest educational undertaking yet, and its largest event since the national dedication in 2001.
“The Final Salute” combines the best of the Memorial with the best of the D-Day story: a gathering of veterans and the general public at the nation’s memorial to the invasion of Normandy for reflection and remembrance – the story of ordinary people in extraordinary moments.
June 6, 2019 marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, a milestone that is expected to represent the last large gathering of D-Day veterans around the globe. The youngest D-Day vets are in their middle-90s; a few more years will find the last of them gone from us. To mark this milestone and take advantage of the opportunities for discussion and commemoration it presents, the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia will observe the 75th Anniversary with five days of ceremonies, displays, interviews, and much more.
D-Day and WWII veterans are strongly encouraged to register with the Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission. Advance registration guarantees preferred parking and seating for such veterans for the June 6, 2019 event and that the names of Normandy veterans are included in our roll call. Registration link coming soon.
Yes, there will be on-site registration for veterans in the veterans’ reunion tent on June 6. However, you must register in advance for preferred parking. A detailed map of site activities, showing the veterans’ tent location, will be available on this website at a later date.
Yes, checking in helps us to get an accurate count of the heroes joining us for this once in a lifetime commemoration. It also allows us to finalize our Normandy veteran roll call list, so that we may avoid calling the names of those not in attendance.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, we will read the name of each Normandy veteran in attendance. Registration allows us to collect all necessary information to properly honor such veterans. (A Normandy veteran is defined as any veteran who served in the Normandy campaign from June 6 – August 25, 1944.)
A veterans’ reunion tent will open on Memorial grounds at 7:00 a.m., to provide veterans a place to gather before and after the ceremony. Light refreshments will be served. Please check back for a map showing the reunion tent location.
No, Memorial admission is free all day on June 6. Visitors are encouraged to register with the Virginia WWII Commemoration Commission, so that you may receive regular updates regarding the event.
Only for D-Day and WWII veterans, not for the general public.
There will be no tours available on June 6. Tours resume June 7, but regular admission fees will apply.
The event will occur rain or shine. However, the aerial tribute may be limited or canceled in the event of inclement weather.
No pets are allowed on Memorial grounds. Only official service animals are permitted.
Gate opening and closing time TBD. Please check back later.
Buses will begin running 15 minutes after the ceremony’s conclusion. No buses will run during the ceremony.
Approximately 12:30 p.m. (The annual gathering around the “Homage” sculpture will take place immediately following the roll call.)
The Memorial will remain open until 9:00 p.m. on June 6.
No on-site parking or drop off for passenger vehicles will not be allowed.
Satellite parking areas will be available with shuttles to and from the Memorial. Shuttle schedules and location maps will be posted on this website once details are finalized.
D-Day and WWII veterans are strongly encouraged to register with the Virginia WWII Commemoration Commission to guarantee preferred parking and seating. Registration link coming soon. Veterans will receive their parking information in advance, after registering.
Special parking will be available to those with a government-issued placard or plate. A location map will be posted on this website at a later date.
Groups of 20 or more arriving by bus must register and will be assigned an arrival time window. This is to ensure a smooth flow of traffic around the Memorial circle. Registration link coming soon.
We will have designated bus drop off and parking areas. A location map will be posted on this website at a later date. Bus operators are invited to attend the ceremony with their group.
A clear bag policy will be enforced on June 6, 2019.
Approved bags include:
Each person is allowed one clear bag plus a small clutch.
Yes, so long as they are not inside bags that are not on the approved clear bag policy list. Cameras and binoculars can be worn around the neck with a strap.
No. Please note the clear bag policy when parking and secure any prohibited items in your vehicle. Items will not be held/stored for visitors. Bags will be checked at parking locations. The Memorial is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Confiscated items will not be returned.
Clear bags will be available through the Memorial gift store, online and on-site. Please check back for the link to order. These bags comply with the clear bag policies of stadiums, so they can be used for other events. Your purchase supports the Memorial.
An exception can be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection. This is the only exception.
The following items will be prohibited on Memorial grounds:
Confiscated items will not be returned.
Special parking will be available to those with a government-issued placard or plate. Please see parking information with maps.
Yes, a seating map will be posted on this site once finalized.
No, individuals must provide their own mobility devices.
Yes, our gift store will operate from two locations on-site June 6, selling 75th commemoration and other items. The on-site gift stores accept cash and credit/debit. Checks will only be accepted from local residents.
You can purchase items anytime through our online store: https://www.dday.org/shop/
Food vendors will be open and serving throughout the day. Cash and credit will be accepted.
Guests may want to bring money for food and beverage and gift store purchases. The gift store accepts credit/debit and local checks.
Restrooms are located on the main plaza. Portable restrooms will also be available. The main plaza restrooms are equipped with baby changing areas.
The National D-Day Memorial will launch a new app with information about the 75th commemoration, a site map, memorial wall name finder, and much more to enhance your visit. The app will be available for Apple and Android devices by searching dday or National D-Day Memorial. Please allow push notifications to receive parking, weather, and other alerts. Please check back for launch date.