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Memorial Day 2023 Commemoration

National D-Day Memorial 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford, VA, United States Keynote Speaker Rear Adm. Michael J. Steffen and Special Guest Virginia Lt. Governor Winsome Earle-Sears   Rear Adm. Michael J. Steffen Keynote speaker Rear Adm. Michael J. Steffen is a native of Bedford, Virginia, and a 1992 graduate of Virginia Tech. He was commissioned through the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets in conjunction with the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program and designated a naval aviator in 1994. He also holds a Master of Science in Global Business Leadership from the University of San Diego. His sea duty tours include serving with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS-4) “Black Knights”, deploying...

79th Anniversary of D-Day Commemoration

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

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...

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

Livestream 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.  

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...


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.

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.

Lunchbox Lecture: ABMC 100th Anniversary


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...


Veterans Day Observance 2023

National D-Day Memorial 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford, VA, United States 2023 Keynote Speaker Major General Mari K. Eder (U.S. Army, Ret.) Mari K. Eder, retired U.S. Army Major General, is a renowned speaker and author, and a thought leader on strategic communication and leadership.   While in Germany, General Eder has served as Director of Public Affairs at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and as an adjunct professor and lecturer in communications and public diplomacy at the NATO School and Sweden’s International Training Command.  She served in senior positions in the Pentagon, in the Department of Defense, and on the Army Staff. Available in the Memorial...


Event Series Lunchbox Lecture Series

Tragedy and Secrecy Collide: Exercise Tiger and the Shaping of D-Day Memory

Fleda A. Ring Education Quonset Hut 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford, VA It’s surprising, but it is estimated that more men died in training for the D-Day invasion than on D-Day itself. One reason for this was the disaster of Operation Tiger, practice exercises at Slapton Sands, England, where more than 700 Americans died—in a calamity hushed up for many years. Learn what happened at Slapton Sands—and what it meant—with John D. Long, Director of Education at the National D-Day Memorial. John D. Long is an alumnus of Roanoke College and the University of Virginia. A museum professional for more than twenty years, he currently holds the position of Director of...

Event Series Lunchbox Lecture Series

Black Americans Who Worked on the Manhattan Project

Fleda A. Ring Education Quonset Hut 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford, VA Although facing discrimination wherever they served, African Americans worked in different roles as part of the Manhattan Project. While most had jobs as manual laborers, numerous Black American scientists, engineers, and technicians played important roles in developing the atomic bomb. These workers, who have largely been lost to history, are examined in this presentation by Dr. David Snead, Professor of History, Liberty University  About the speaker: David Snead has been a member of the History Department of Liberty University since 2004 and is currently a full professor. He has authored or edited six books: The Gaither Committee, Eisenhower, and...