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Veterans Day 2022 Ceremony

Bedford Moose Lodge #1897 2986 W Lynchburg Salem Tpke, Bedford, VA, United States  

Lunchbox Lecture: British Normandy Memorial with Liam O’Connor

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

More than 75 years after the D-Day landings, there is finally a British Normandy Memorial. Commemorating 22,442 servicemembers who lost their lives serving under British command on D-Day and in the battle of Normandy, the memorial takes its place just a few miles east of the American Memorial at Omaha Beach. It overlooks the Normandy coastline where the D-Day landings took place at the beach codenamed Gold Beach. Liam O’Connor, architect of the British Normandy Memorial, will talk about its design, inspiration, and significance. O’Connor has an international reputation for high quality buildings and landscapes in a contemporary classical idiom. He...


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, 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...