AAA Editor Notes
The National D-Day Memorial, 3 Overlord Cir., honors the Allied forces that participated in the invasion of Normandy during World War II. More than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded during landing operations on June 6, 1944. The town of Bedford had the highest per capita loss of life on D-Day than any single community in the United States.
The memorial features three plazas and includes an “invasion pool,” sculptures and the central 44-foot-tall Overlord Arch, which represents the ultimate victory of the campaign, code-named “Operation Overlord.” Volunteer docents are on hand to answer questions, and guided 45-minute walking tours also are offered when staff is available. Tickets, as well as information about guided tours and brochures detailing a self-guiding tour, are available at the Bedford Area Welcome Center, 816 Burks Hill Rd.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 45 minutes minimum.