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Town of Bedford, VA Fireworks Notice

Town of Bedford, VA

Though the Town of Bedford, VA's annual fireworks display is launched from the National D-Day Memorial grounds, the Memorial is not open for public viewing. The Memorial closes at 5PM on Monday, July 3, 2023. Spectators are encouraged to utilize parking areas at Liberty Lake Park (939 Burks Hill Rd.) and the Bedford Rec Field (780 Bedford Ave. Ext.) and are asked to not park along U.S. 460 and the ramps. The Bedford Area Welcome Center parking lot will be designated as handicap only vehicle parking. The show will livestream on the Town of Bedford, VA Facebook page.

Event Series One-Day Mini-Camp

One-Day Mini-Camp

National D-Day Memorial 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford, VA, United States

Younger students will enjoy this shorter version of our popular World War II day camp, designed just for them. Register for one or both days.

$30

We Found This in Grandpa’s Footlocker: Inside the Collection of the National D-Day Memorial

Livestream

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ykz9f695dQA With more than 13,000 records in its collection database, the National D-Day Memorial has one of the best archives of WWII artifacts, photos, and documents in the United States. Explore the Memorial's collection, how it developed, the plans for these treasures, and get a first look at recently donated items. April Cheek-Messier, President, and John Long, Director of Education, will lead this special show and tell session.  

Event Series One-Day Mini-Camp

One-Day Mini-Camp

National D-Day Memorial 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford, VA, United States

Younger students will enjoy this shorter version of our popular World War II day camp, designed just for them. Register for one or both days.

$30

Lunchbox Lecture: U.S. Coast Guard on D-Day

Fleda A. Ring Education Quonset Hut 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford, VA

In the spring and summer of 1944, the U.S. Coast Guard was stretched to its limits, supporting multiple aspects of D-Day operations. Little remembered today, the Coast Guard manned U.S. Navy transport ships, provided rescue services for the entire Normandy area, and operated different types of landing craft for U.S. forces. Coast Guard forces even accepted the surrender of a key fort guarding the deep-water French port of Cherbourg. Learn more in this fascinating discussion with Dick At Lee, a veteran of the USCG. Commander Dick At Lee, USCG (Retired) spent 27 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, rising through...

Free

Event Series Poppy Peace Garden

Poppy Peace Garden

National D-Day Memorial 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford, VA, United States

Each September the Memorial marks the official end of World War II with the Poppy Peace Garden. To pay remembrance, thousands of red poppies are placed alongside the Le Monument Aux Morts sculpture as a visual tribute to the men and women who gave their all to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today. The garden also commemorates the 9/11 anniversary and the first responders who sacrificed their lives for the safety of others. The display can be viewed during daily operating hours, 10AM - 5PM. Regular admission fees apply. Poppies may be purchased in honor or memory of veterans, active...

Patriot Day Wreath Laying

National D-Day Memorial - Estes Plaza 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford, VA, United States

The National D-Day Memorial and the Bedford Fire Department will remember the September 11, 2001 attacks with an annual wreath laying. Regular admission fees apply. Wreath laying will be livestreamed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_MQK6mN188

National POW/MIA Recognition Day 2023

National D-Day Memorial 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford, VA, United States

Join us as we recognize prisoners of war and America's sons and daughters who remain missing with our annual wreath laying at the Memorial's POW/MIA flag, located on the east lawn (behind the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument). At 11AM, Bedford County Public Schools JROTC cadets will present the colors, lay a wreath, and play taps. Regular admission fees apply for the in-person event. The remembrance event will be recorded and streamed at 11:30AM along with pre-recorded stories of a former prisoner of war and a missing soldier from World War II. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMSYKGldYiI

Lunchbox Lecture: ABMC 100th Anniversary

Livestream

Benjamin Brands, historian for the American Battle Monuments Commission, will give a presentation on the ABMC’s design and construction of the fourteen overseas World War II cemeteries, with a special focus on the use of art, architecture, and horticulture to create sacred sites of remembrance and honor. In addition to the cemeteries’ creation, he will discuss the evolving ways ABMC has kept alive the memory of heroes for 100 years as we approach the 80th anniversary of D-Day. In addition to his work with the ABMC, Brands is a PhD candidate at George Mason University. He previously served as an...

Free