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On a hilltop with a splendid view of the Peaks of Otter up on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this memorial to the American soldiers, sailors, and airmen who fought and died in the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, is appropriately here in Bedford, which lost 19 of its young men during the invasion and four more during the Normandy campaign. The town of 3,200 proportionally lost more men on D-Day than any other town in the United States. Stunning in its architectural symbolism, the monument recalls the landing beaches, the cliffs Allied soldiers climbed, and the contributions of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Be sure to pick up a brochure or take a tour (1 hr. on foot, 45 min. by shuttle). I would stop first and see a large relief map of the memorial in the Bedford Area Welcome Center, near the entrance.