Less than 30 miles from Roanoke in Bedford, VA, the The National D-Day Memorial will host a series of events and activities starting on June 6 for the 80th Anniversary of D-Day. Sadly, Bedford endured the highest per capita D-Day losses in the United States. Words cannot express how proud we are of these heroes, and while we remember and honor their service and sacrifice daily, the 80th Anniversary of D-Day offers a significant opportunity to recognize these brave heroes. 

Event Registration

World War II & D-Day veterans are encouraged to register online to ensure a special welcome and recognition during the events. Families attending without a veteran can register using a dedicated form. Large groups must register in advance as well. Want to be a part of this historic event? Volunteer opportunities are available!

Register today and reserve your spot at The National D-Day Memorial's special commemoration.

National D-Day Memorial - Bedford, Virginia

Schedule of Events

National D-Day Memorial
3 Overlord Circle
Bedford, VA 24523

Thursday, June 6 - 11 a.m.
80th Anniversary of D-Day Commemoration

During the ceremony, attendees will listen to guest speakers and music, recognize our D-Day and World War II veterans, witness flyovers, and more. Admission is free, and no tickets are required. Representatives from every Allied nation and military personnel will participate in the ceremony.

Among the aircraft participating in the flyover will be the Douglas C-47A Skytrain named Whiskey 7, which was the lead plane of D-Day’s second paratrooper wave. 

The event also features a genuine Higgins Industries LCVP (landing craft vehicle personnel) built in 1944 and an impressive amphibious truck. Guests will experience Living History, Portraits of Heroes, and Faces of the Fallen photo exhibits and book signings by guest authors.

National D-Day Memorial

Thursday, June 6 - 6:15 p.m.
Bedford Boys Tribute Center Ceremony & Courthouse Bell Ringing

On the Bedford County Courthouse’s West Lawn at 123 E Main St, Bedford, the yearly public remembrance of the “Bedford Boys” occurs. It was on the 10th anniversary of D-Day at this location 70 years ago that the community gathered for a memorial stone unveiling,

At this ceremony, the “Bedford Boys” family members will perform an ivy wreath laying. Finally, to honor each “Bedford Boy” killed on D-Day, the courthouse bell will ring 20 times. The ringing begins at 6:44 p.m.—representing June 6, 1944. In tribute, church bells around the world and Bedford County will also ring.

This event is free, and they recommend bringing a lawn chair.

Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 - 7:30 p.m. – Opening Concert & Light Show at Dusk 
When We Went In: The D-Day Experience in Light and Sound

Advance tickets are required for this awe-inspiring multi-media show, transforming the Memorial into a breathtaking demonstration of sound, light, and imagery. Purchase tickets here.

Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9 - 10 a.m.–5 p.m.  
Tour the National D-Day Memorial

For this tour, there is no cost for World War II veterans. All others will need a general admission ticket, which includes a guided tour. Purchase your general admission tickets here.

Sunday, June 9 - 11 a.m.
Soldiers and Sailors at Worship: A Field Chapel Service

This 1944 worship service displays how soldiers carved out time for their faith, even in such difficult times. 

National D-Day Memorial - Bedford, VA

Admission to the Memorial is free from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

The Roanoke Region in Virginia's Blue Ridge is a beautiful place to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day. Check out The National D-Day Memorial's FAQ page to learn more about the schedule of events and plan your visit.