We welcome you to an episode dedicated to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, and the inspiring story of the ‘Bedford Boys’ who served in World War II.
The 34 Virginia National Guard soldiers from Company A, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, based in the rural town of Bedford, suffered a tremendous loss on D-Day, with 20 of them losing their lives. This tragic event sparked a lasting impact on this small community, which later built the National D-Day Memorial to honor them. The episode delves deep into the memorial’s significant features, the fluid motion monument, the Overlord Arch, and more. Without any federal funding, this nationally recognized memorial captures the story of the lives, sacrifices, and courage of the Bedford Boys and serves as a poignant reminder of the impact of the everyday man on World War II.
01:57 Bedford, Virginia
07:37 Allied Nations at D-Day
08:54 The Memorial
13:09 Operation Overlord and the D-Day Events
14:45 The Bedford Boys
18:53 National but not government-funded
22:05 Dwight D Eisenhower section
27:30 Thank you