D-Day was a day that the entire world will remember throughout eternity, including right here in our small town of Bedford, where 20 of the 32 soldiers fighting lost their lives on the beaches of Normandy. This year marks the 75th anniversary of that horrible time, and what better place to commemorate the sacrifices and the heroism of our American soldiers than at Bedford’s National D-Day Memorial? Constructed in 2001, over 24,000 people attended the opening dedication, and we think the five-day commemoration ceremony taking place on June 5th through June 10th of this year will greatly surpass those numbers. This Final Salute is probably going to be the last milestone celebration featuring veterans from that the last World War, as even the youngest soldiers from that time are now in their 90s.

Time Marches On

We will never forget the significance of D-Day and the sacrifices made, and this event promises to be grand and emotional, featuring book signings and plaque dedications, parades filing through the streets of Bedford, WWII fighter plane flyovers in the skies, and stories told by survivors that will bring the past to life. Watch powerful, colorful, and emotion-filled screenings of Tuesday Mourning, which portrays our story and part in the war, as well as screenings of Saving Private Ryan, one of the most realistic portrayals of that awful point in time. There will also be USO shows performed by the Enduring Freedom Band, concerts, and chapel services. The list of activities is long and varied, and if you can make it, it will be well worth visiting the Memorial every day of this event.

The Profiles of Honor Mobile Museum is destined to be a favorite, filled with artifacts, exhibits, and mementos, not just from D-Day but from the entire war. Dignitaries from all over the world will be giving speeches in honor of those brave heroes we lost and the brave heroes that remain standing today. The Veteran’s Roll Call, held on June 6th, also promises to be an emotional moment that should not be skipped, and the reunions between surviving veterans will have even the most stalwart of participants breaking down in tears. Theirs is a bond that can never be broken.

With Full Hearts at Final Salute

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