Serving a diverse population of more than 100,000 visitors during an average year, the Foundation tries to respond to the varied interests and needs of each one.  Tens of thousands of students from numerous states have visited the Memorial’s military tent (hands-on history) to learn about the soldier’s experience and about life on the homefront during World War II.  The program satisfies requirements set forth in the Virginia Standards of Learning and today the Memorial is one of Virginia’s top 20 school field trip attractions. 

NEW Education Program - Virtual Field Trip: The Great Crusade: D-Day, WWII, and the Homefront

Live and interactive, this program will connect the classroom to one of the National D-Day Memorial’s education coordinators.  On June 6, 1944, the Allied forces under General Dwight Eisenhower invaded Normandy in the largest land, air, and sea assault ever to occur.  This began the Allied forces march across Europe to defeat Hitler and end World War II in the European Theatre.  This program reflects the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice exhibited by the Allied forces who participated in that historic invasion.  Using artifacts, the education coordinator will talk about what steps people on the homefront took to ensure that service men and women were getting everything they needed to be successful before looking at what supplies soldiers on the frontlines carried with them on D-Day.

Click here to make a reservation for this program. Or contact Felicia Lowrance at 540-587-3617.

The Memorial also conducts an annual public history series and enrichment programs off site and in community halls and auditoriums for students and adults.  Black history programs, women’s history events, and lectures on various other topics occur throughout the year and highlights subjects often omitted from typical overviews of WWII.  For more information on any of these programs, click on our links below and visit our calendar of events.


1.  Field Trips

2.  Teacher Study Guides & Countdown to D-Day Lesson Plans

3.  Operation Outreach

4.  Lunchbox Lectures

5.  Virginia World War II Heritage Alliance

6.  What Does D-Day Mean?

7.  D-Day History & Overview

8.  Why Bedford?

9.  D-Day Terminology Glossary

10. Stories from the veterans

11. Oral History

12. D-Day Participant and Identification Project

13. D-Day Plaque Project

14. Sculptural Program

15. Education Center

16. Visit Other D-Day Related Sites

17. Volunteering at the Memorial

18. Fill out an Internship Application Online or Download an Internship Brochure

19. Employment

National College, with nearby campuses in Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Danville, is proud to support the National D-Day Memorial Foundation. Click here to learn about their Armed Services Recognition Grant and the Military Award Program. The College is designated as a Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) and will award credit for military courses in accordance with SOC and ACE guidelines.

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