Episode 85

National D Day Memorial and the Story of the Bedford Boys


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.

🚕 Google Map to National D-Day Memorial

🎥 Full video from Bedford Virginia

0:00 Intro

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


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Host of the Talk With History podcast, Producer over at Walk with History on YouTube, and Editor of TheHistoryRoadTrip.com
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Jennifer B

Former Naval Aviator turned Historian and a loyal Penn Stater. (WE ARE!) I earned my Masters in American History and graduate certificate in Museum Studies, from the University of Memphis.

The Talk with History podcast gives Scott and me a chance to go deeper into the details of our Walk with History YouTube videos and gives you a behind-the-scenes look at our history-inspired adventures.

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