Memorial Day 2022

Keynote Speaker – Dave Carey

Dave Carey is a sought-after professional speaker, trainer, and an accomplished consultant. He has over twenty years of highly successful hands-on experience in senior leadership and management positions. Dave is uniquely qualified to inspire audiences, and to assist organizations with leadership development, team building and organizational development efforts. Additionally, Dave’s book, The Ways We Choose, Lessons for Life From A POW’s Experience is in its fourth printing.

A 1964 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Dave is a retired Navy Captain. He was three times selected to be a Commanding Officer and served as the Director of the Navy’s premiere site for leadership and management training. In this role he personally conducted seminars for prospective commanding and executive officers as well as senior government service employees.

During the Vietnam era, as a Navy carrier pilot, Dave’s aircraft was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile while flying a combat mission over North Vietnam. He spent the following five- and one-half years as a POW incarcerated in numerous Vietnamese prisons. His POW experience taught him timeless lessons that are applicable to everyone. Among Captain Carey’s military awards are the Legion of Merit, five Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Purple Heart, eight Air Medals and the Navy Commendation Medal.

Today as a motivational speaker, Dave relates his experiences as a POW to help people better understand the prison-like aspects they may experience in their personal and professional lives. His personal story, told with intensity and humor, inspires and empowers others to overcome seemingly insurmountable difficulties and gain a renewed sense of purpose, satisfaction, and control over their circumstances.

Books available for purchase.

Book signing following the ceremony.

Fallen Soldier Battle Cross Display

In what has come to be a Memorial Day tradition, guests can view the Fallen Soldier Battle Cross display on the Memorial’s west lawn (across from Gift Shop). The display honors America’s fallen in current and past conflicts, dating back to the War of Independence. The helmet on rifle with bayonet thrust in the ground was used during battle to mark the location of the fallen for later retrieval. The modern military rarely has the need to mark the fallen in such fashion. Instead, displays that combine the rifle, helmet, and boots of the fallen are often used in memorial services. The visual tribute has come to be known as the Fallen Soldier Battle Cross.

The National D-Day Memorial Foundation thanks David Gilmer for helping us honor the fallen by graciously sharing his collection with our guests. 

Bring Flowers to Honor the Fallen

Please consider bringing fresh-cut flowers to the 11AM ceremony at the Memorial to be used during a special remembrance of the Bedford Boys later that day.

Please join the National D-Day Memorial and the Bedford International Alliance at 2PM Memorial Day at Longwood-Oakwood-Greenwood Cemetery in Bedford for a brief program to honor Bedford’s fallen.  Flowers will be laid on each of the Bedford Boys’ graves who were killed in action on June 6, 1944 and laid to rest in Bedford. Additional flowers will be laid on the graves of veterans who served and have since passed.  The program will be on the side of the cemetery closest to Longwood Avenue Baptist Church and Walnut Street.

Free admission until NOON.

Gates open at 10:00AM.

Bring a chair.

 No coolers or pets, except service animals.

Call (540) 586-3329 for more information.

The National D-Day Memorial Foundation thanks the sponsors of the 2022 Memorial Day commemoration: