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79th Anniversary of D-Day Commemoration

National D-Day Memorial 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford

Our 2023 commemoration featured remarks from Governor Glenn Youngkin, Maj. General Timothy Williams, Dr. John C. McManus, Kevin Hymel, and George Patton "Pat" Waters. Governor Glenn Youngkin is the 74th governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was born in Richmond, Virginia and grew up in Virginia Beach. He earned an athletic scholarship to Rice University, where he received an engineering degree. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. After college and business school, he worked his way to the top of the Carlyle Group as co-CEO, playing a key role in building Carlyle into a leading...

Someone Talked! LIVE Podcast

Bobbie G. Johnson Pavilion National D-Day Memorial 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford

  Hosts John C. McManus and co-hosts April Cheek-Messier and John Long will lead a discussion about the Memorial's past, present, and future. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions in this interactive podcast to be broadcast live on the Grove Street FM app and recorded for release on June 7 on all major podcast platforms. Someone Talked! is the official podcast of the National D-Day Memorial. Released semi-monthly, a full slate of esteemed authors and historians give fresh, cutting-edge perspectives on World War II and modern military history. Scan or click to subscribe!


Bedford Boys Tribute Center Ceremony & Courthouse Bell Ringing

Bedford County Courthouse 123 E Main Street, Bedford

April Cheek-Messier, National D-Day Memorial President & CEO, will deliver a keynote address during the annual public remembrance of the supreme sacrifices the "Bedford Boys" made on D-Day. This commemoration takes place on the West Lawn of the Bedford County Courthouse, in front of the memorial stone. The ceremony will culminate with the ringing of the courthouse bell 20 times, once for each “Bedford Boy” killed on D-Day. The bell will begin tolling precisely at 6:44PM (to represent June 6, 1944.) Church bells across Bedford County and communities around the globe will ring at 6:44PM local time in remembrance. Guests...