National D-Day Memorial is open with a focus on safety.
Here’s what we’re doing:
- Regular cleaning throughout the Memorial; particularly in high touch areas such as tables, counters, bathrooms, and doorknobs.
- Memorial staff and volunteers are trained in COVID-19 safety procedures and are must complete a COVID-19 survey for approval prior to their shifts.
- Ticket sales moved from the Bedford Area Welcome Center to the Memorial’s hospitality booth on-site. Visitors should drive directly to the Memorial site to redeem their online tickets or to purchase tickets on the day of their visit. Visitors are encouraged to purchase online tickets prior to their arrival. (Please bring your printed ticket or have the confirmation on your phone or tablet when you arrive. You will receive a discount for purchasing tickets online.) The Memorial accepts cash and credit cards.
- Since the Memorial is an outdoor site, visitors are not required to wear masks, however, social distancing of at least six feet is encouraged at all times between guests, individual family groups, volunteers, and staff.
- Plexiglass shields are located in front of registers at the ticketing area and in the gift store.
- Hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout the Memorial.
- Public restrooms are available and cleaned regularly.
- Signage located throughout the Memorial reminds guests, volunteers, and staff of protective protocols.
- Guided tours of the monument may be unavailable; however, self-guided tours are available with the use of our walking tour brochure and/or the tour feature on the National D-Day Memorial app, available free for Apple or Android. Docents will be stationed on-site at various times to answer questions. Please call 540-587-3619 to check guided tour availability prior to your visit.
- Golf carts for assistance are currently unavailable; however, wheelchairs are available upon request and wiped clean after each use.
- Water fountains are unavailable. Drink machines are available and are cleaned regularly.
- Pet kennels will be open and cleaned routinely.
The Memorial’s gift shop is open with a limit of 10 patrons inside at a time. Visitors are also encouraged to shop the Memorial’s online gift store. Your purchase supports the Memorial.
The National D-Day Memorial has aligned its safety protocols with those recommended in Governor Ralph Northam’s Forward Virginia plan, the Virginia Department of Health, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please understand our plan may need to be adjusted according to federal and state guidelines or current conditions in our area. Updates will be posted to this page or call 540-586-3329 for information. Please refrain from visiting the Memorial if you are sick or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
If you are unable to visit during this time but would like to help in some way, you are encouraged to consider one of our many giving opportunities. The National D-Day Memorial does not receive state or federal funding and relies solely on donations and admissions revenue.