77th Anniversary of D-Day

A three-day commemoration featuring a virtual panel discussion by renowned historians John McManus, Joe Balkoski, and Mitchell Yockelson. On-site events include a book signing by award-winning author Rick Beyer, music by the 29th Division Band, historical displays, and a host of other opportunities for visitors to hear the stories of D-Day, its impact on history, and why it is important today.

This Great and Noble Undertaking

This Great and Noble Undertaking reflects on the building of the National D-Day Memorial and 20 years of fulfilling the mission to preserve the lessons and legacies of D-Day and World War II. Join us as we honor the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of the heroes of June 6, 1944 and salute the visionary patriots who sought to create this lasting video tribute.

Regular Admission June 4 and 5

Purchase tickets online for discount.

Free Admission June 6 from 9:30AM – Noon

Admission is always free for WWII veterans. 

Friday, June 4, 2021

  • 10AM – 5PM Regular admission to Memorial
  • 1PM Virtual Panel Discussion with renowned historians John McManus, Joe Balkoski, and Mitchell Yockelson Watch live on Facebook or YouTube.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

  • 10AM – 5PM Regular Admission to Memorial
  • 11AM – 29th Division Band
  • 11:30AM – Remembering the Fallen – John Long, Director of Education, leads a special necrology wall tour
  • 12:00PM – 29th Division Band
  • 12:30PM – Booksigning – Rick Beyer
  • 1:30PM – 29th Division Band
  • 2:30PM – Remembering the Fallen – John Long, Director of Education, leads a special necrology wall tour
  • 3:00PM – Enduring Freedom Honor Band

View exhibits and a video featuring a D-Day veteran sharing his story inside the Fleda A. Ring Education Quonset Hut.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

  • 9:30AM – Noon Free Admission to Memorial
  • Noon – 5PM Regular Admission to Memorial
  • 10AM – “We Will Never Forget” Remembrance speech and wreath-laying at Homage sculpture Watch here LIVE
  • 11AM- Premiere of Memorial’s 20th year commemorative video in Bobbie G. Johnson Pavilion and online (plays on the hour 11AM – 4PM) Premieres live at 11AM online, on Facebook, or YouTube.

View exhibits and a video featuring a D-Day veteran sharing his story inside the Fleda A. Ring Education Quonset Hut. 

Freedom Rings Global

Sunday, June 6, 2021 – 6:44PM

Bedford County Court House – 123 East Main Street, Bedford, VA

After your visit to the Memorial Sunday, head to Historic Centertown Bedford for Freedom Rings Global,  a worldwide event on June 6, 2021 to commemorate the 77th anniversary of D-Day. At 6:44 pm (local time) bells will ring throughout the world to remember those who saved the world.

The National D-Day Memorial Foundation extends its sincere gratitude to our 77th anniversary of D-Day commemoration sponsors.

Funding has been provided by Virginia Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020. For more information, please visit www.VirginiaHumanities.org.