Giving Opportunities

Help Us Secure Their Legacy

Your gift to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation helps preserve the legacy of D-Day and helps us to honor our fallen while also serving our living heroes.  Your contribution will help to ensure the sacrifices made for our freedom will not be forgotten.

Please review the options below for ways you can give to the D-Day Memorial Foundation:

Undesignated Donation

These donations are sent to the D-Day Memorial Foundation for the Foundation’s use in whatever way is needed. From keeping the lights on in the office to maintaining the memorial grounds. These can be one time gifts, or recurring monthly donations.

D-Day Society

As an official member of the D-Day Society, you are in an extraordinary group of dedicated individuals and businesses who contribute $1,000 or more per year to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation.  You make up a group of our most trusted advisors and we greatly value your support and input.

Your generosity is imperative as we preserve history and capture the story of our heroes past and present.  You keep their memory alive, making sure our nation never forgets the sacrifices they made and never taking our hard-won freedom for granted.

Members of the D-Day Society receive exclusive benefits listed below:

  • Annual, unlimited admission and tour for member and 10 guests
  • 10% off Memorial gift shop and online purchases
  • Invitations to special events throughout the year with fellow D-Day Society members who care about the future of the Memorial as much as you
  • VIP seating and parking at events
  • Opportunities for meet and greets with veterans, authors and other special guests to the Memorial
  • Exclusive communication to D-Day Society members ONLY throughout the year with highlights of the Memorial and updates by our President and CEO


Founder’s Circle – $50,000 +

Chairman’s Circle – $25,000 – $49,999

President’s Circle – $10,000 – $24,999

Commanders – $5,000 – $9,999

Ambassadors – $2,500 – $4,999

Patriots – $1,000 – $2,499


Join the D-Day Society today with your minimum donation of $1,000!

Annual Memberships

If you find the National D-Day Memorial meaningful and the story it tells important, please consider becoming a member of the Overlord Society. By joining, you can show your support for the Memorial’s mission of recognizing the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of the Allied forces who stormed the Normandy beaches on D-Day, 6 June 1944.

Named Giving

You are invited to contribute to the construction of the facility that will enable the National D-Day Memorial Foundation to continue and expand upon the educational initiatives that have been, throughout its already impressive history, central in the memorializing effort.

Whether you purchase a veterans brick, plaque, sculpture or a garden at the Memorial, you can help the Foundation tell the D-Day story today, and ensure its retelling tomorrow. For information on named giving opportunities, please call the Development office at 540-586-3329 or 1-800-351-DDAY.

Tribute Gifts: Honoring a Hero

Honor someone special while also offering a lasting tribute to the brave men and women who served and sacrificed on D-Day, 6 June 1944.  Your contribution will ensure the lessons and legacy of D-Day live on forever at the National D-Day Memorial.

Please consider honoring your hero for:

  • Recognition of Military Service
  • Personal Memorial
  • Graduation
  • Anniversary
  • Retirement
  • Birthday
  • Holiday
  • Congratulations

Buy a Brick for a Veteran

The National D-Day Memorial Foundation recently expanded the brick campaign within Stettinius Parade to create The Annie J. Bronson Veterans Memorial Walk.

The inscribed bricks are a permanent tribute to men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States.  These lasting tributes are not  limited to service in World War II and can encompass any service period.  Placed prominently on the Memorial grounds, they will be viewed by thousands of visitors each year.  The placement of each brick is not only an investment in the legacy of a loved one, but also an investment in the future of the Memorial.  Proceeds from the brick campaign will assist the Foundation in maintaining the Memorial for many years to come.  At a cost of $250 each, the bricks are an affordable way to give permanent veteran recognition at the National D-Day Memorial.

Click here to print a brochure. Please carefully and accurately print your information on the form and return it to the Foundation.  Bricks dedications are held twice a year, on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.  Please order soon to reserve a space for the next installment.  Due to logistical concerns, please allow us to choose the exact location of your brick within the walk.

Gold Star Brick Garden Brochure. 

Brick sponsorships are 100% tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.

Stock Gifts

Gifts of appreciated assets are among the simplest and best ways to make good use of those assets without incurring a tax liability.  Stock held for many years often grows so valuable that the tax liability of large capital gains limits the owner’s collection of the proceeds.  Transferring such stock to the D-Day Memorial, donors can receive an income tax deduction for giving the full value of the stock the day it was sold without incurring the tax liability of the capital gain.  The Memorial receives the full value of the donated stock but has no tax liability.  That is the case no matter how much a particular stock has grown since its purchase.

Matching Gifts

Many corporations offer to match gifts made to charitable entities by either current or retired employees.  General Electric, Norfolk Southern, Freddie Mac, for instance, all match their employees charitable gifts.  In most cases, corporate matches will at least double the impact of the donors original gift.  Donors are encouraged to consult their employers to determine whether their gifts to support the Memorial are eligible to be matched.

Charitable Remainder Gifts

For donors with appreciated assets, or unusual assets such as real property, that are not producing a desired level of income, a remainder trust can be an excellent solution.  As asset can be transferred to the charitable remainder trust and sold by the trust possibly producing tax benefits for the donor.  The donor creates this trust with his or her attorney and has great flexibility in structuring the payments, income, and handling of the trust.  The most common feature of a trust of this sort is that it pays income to the donor’s family for life, or set period.  Any remaining assets are distributed to the D-Day Memorial.  Please ask your attorney or the Foundation’s Development Office for more information about charitable trusts.  800-351-DDAY

Estate Planning

One of the most meaningful ways of giving is by including a gift to the Memorial in your will or estate plan.  A bequest can provide estate tax benefits and is also a way of giving that will never interfere with your current planning or income needs.  Even a small bequest can have large results.  Perhaps in honor of those who landed on the beaches on 6 June 1944, a donor might consider a gift of 6% (or more) of his or her estate.  Six percent will make a significant difference, and other beneficiaries of your estate will know this portion of it is going to create an enduring legacy.  Please talk with the Foundation’s Development Office or your attorney for more information.  A typical bequest in a will might read as follows:

I give, devise, and bequeath to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, Tax ID# 54-1504679, the sum of $_________ to be used for its general purposes.  The National D-Day Memorial Foundation may be contacted in care of April Cheek-Messier, President, 133 West Main Street, Bedford, Virginia, 24523 (540-586-3329).  To the extent possible, gifts to charitable organizations shall be paid from income in respect of the decedent.

If you find the National D-Day Memorial meaningful and the story it tells important, please consider us in your estate planning. Sustained support of the Foundation guarantees the continued growth and development of future educational programs that emphasize the lessons and legacy of D-Day and World War II. Your support ensures the contributions and sacrifices of the Allied Forces on 6 June 1944 are not forgotten.

For information on how you can include the National D-Day Memorial in your estate planning or on other deferred giving opportunities, please contact the Foundation office by calling 800-351-3329 or 540-586-3329.