Learn why Virginia's Blue Ridge has a unique connection to World War II and the D-Day invasion of Normandy.
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Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge is honored to welcome visitors to the region for "The Final Salute" - the National D-Day Memorial's commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II.
20 of the 32 men from the town of Bedford who took part in the Allied invasion lost their lives, making the small community with its population of 3,200 the town with the highest per-capita loss of life during D-Day. This somber connection to D-Day and the community's commitment to honor the sacrifice of those brave souls are two of the primary reasons Bedford was selected as the location for the National D-Day Memorial, which opened in 2001.
The memorial has attracted thousands of visitors from around the world over the years and is an unforgettable experience for anyone spending time in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary, the National D-Day Memorial will present "The Final Salute," which includes six days of ceremonies, interviews, displays and more. Visit the D-Day Memorial website to learn more >
The National D-Day Memorial is located in the Town of Bedford off U.S. Route 460.
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