VMI cadets join Kyle Petty to honor veterans during surprise presentation at D-Day Memorial
In a surprise ceremony, Virginia Military Institute cadets paid their respects to veterans and the children's charity Victory Junction they were raising money for by presenting the colors. “To have the color guard from VMI be here, It was so special,” Petty said.
National D-Day Memorial hosts annual event to honor the 4,415 men killed in war
BEDFORD, Va. – The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford is hosting its annual Flames of Memory event this weekend. Staff and volunteers were out Friday morning, arranging bags with battery-operated candles throughout the memorial’s grounds. Those luminarias will light up the night sky through Sunday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.Each one represents a man killed on D-Day. There are 4,415 of them. “It’s really hard when you hear a number like that to imagine what that would look like, but this event allows you to see that by seeing all of the bags that are placed, starting at Burks Hill Road, all the way throughout the memorial,” said Maggie Hartley, associate director for programming and events for the National D-Day MemorialAdmission is free and donations are welcome.
What’s News Today: COVID testing, Veterans Day
Part of Church street near Monument Terrace will be closed today for the annual Veterans Day observance. The Veterans Day program begins at 11 a.m. Governor Ralph Northam will pay tribute to our Veterans today. He will speak at 11 a.m. at the 64th annual Commonwealth Veterans Day Ceremony in Richmond. The National D-Day Memorial will commemorate Veterans Day virtually.
Fallen soldiers remembered in new ways amid coronavirus restrictions
BEDFORD, Va. – Celebrating Memorial Day has changed for all Americans across the country this year. The streets in the town of Bedford were quiet and the gates to the National D-Day Memorial closed because of the pandemic. It’s kept thousands of people home who wanted to be sitting at the memorial remembering the veterans who gave their lives. Celebrating Memorial Day has changed for all Americans across the country this year. For the first time, the D-Day National Memorial Foundation took its service online reaching thousands of people.
Whats News Today: Memorial Day
ROANOKE, Va. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Radford has cancelled its annual Memorial Day Service. But, the city will broadcast last years service on local radio station WRAD. The Virginia Department of Veterans Services will not hold Memorial Day ceremonies in person at state cemeteries, including the one in Dublin. It will feature live and recorded content from the Virginia War Memorial and state veterans cemeteries. The National D-Day Memorial has posted a recorded ceremony on its Facebook page in lieu of an in-person gathering this year.
Church bells ring in Bedford for the 75th anniversary of V-E Day
BEDFORD, Va. – Bedford has a deep connection to World War II, and the town commemorated one of the war’s most important dates Friday morning. Church bells filled the air for the 75th anniversary of V-E Day, the day World War II officially ended in Europe. 19 men from Bedford, known as the “Bedford Boys,” were killed while storming the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, which itself commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day last year, had planned a parade in town for V-E Day. Although the parade has been canceled, National D-Day Memorial President April Cheek-Messier said the bells still illustrate the significance of this day.
National D-Day Memorial gets WWII-era poster featuring Roanoke woman
BEDFORD, Va.- - The National D-Day Memorial had a very special guest on site Monday. At age 18, she worked at the New River Ordinance plant in Dublin during World War II. The 95-year-old and her daughters visited the memorial to donate a war-era poster, on which she is featured. One of nine siblings, Lowe says she needed the job to help support her family. Frances also brought along with her a newspaper and a pay stub from her time at the plant.
National D-Day Memorial pays tribute to veterans missing in action
BEDFORD, Va. - Thousands of American veterans have gone missing in war, but the National D-Day Memorial made sure those lost in combat would be remembered. The memorial hosted a ceremony paying tribute to veterans who are prisoners of war or missing in action Saturday morning, a day after National POW/MIA Recognition Day. "There were no homecomings for them or even the solace of a flag-draped casket," said National D-Day Memorial President April Cheek-Messier. Daniels' nephew, also named Bobby Daniels in remembrance of the veteran, laid a wreath at the National D-Day Memorial's ceremony. "What we need to do is remember these names and remember what they sacrificed for us."