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post #1 of 18 Old 11-13-2006, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
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Being a veteran, I take a great deal of pride in our country, and the principles that it stands for. This was made even more apparent yesterday, as all the veterans in our church were asked to stand and give our names, branches, and years of service. I was humbled to find that we still have three veterans alive and well that served in WWII in our congregation. I was reminded of my trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the D-Day memorial I found in Bedford, VA. I took some pictures, and though they may not be able to truly express the emotion that the memorial imparts on its visitors, I hope it in some way shares the experience of those veterans with you.

The road approaching the memorial:




Americans lost in the D-Day invasion


Allied troops lost in the invasion.


Garden in the shape of the flaming sword:


Temporary memorial to the Air forces that participated in the invasion:



Memorial to all sea services that played a role:

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Great pics, and great post. All VFW's have my respect and admiration. My Dad's a Vietnam vet, and although he made it through, visiting the Vietnam memorial wall in DC when I was 17 really put things in perspective. It could have been his name on there instead of my uncle's.

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Thanks for Sharing James.

And to all the Vets, may your wars always be just and may you come home to appreciate the fruits of your sacrifices.

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Great post James... thank you to all the veterans

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From the rear of the queson looking at the marble statue:


Simulated gunfire from compressed air beneath the surface of the water:


Beach blockade commonly seen on D-Day:


The memorial bulding is constructed to represent a German pillbox shooting down at Allied troops:


The three white stripes represent the military designation for allied planes flying over the invasion zone. This was required so they were not mistaken for enemy aircraft.


Bronze statue replica of troops climbing a wall to overcome overwhelming odds.


Bronze relief of a fallen soldier left on the beach:


I tried to capture the emotion from the bronzed statues:

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James,

Beautiful pictures and memorial, I hope to see it in person someday.



Being a Veteran as well, I did the same thing that I do every year on Veterans day. I take a wreath do a different cemetery and walk around for awhile until I see the headstone of a fallen brother in arms. It doesn't matter which conflict only that this person gave their life for our freedom. I put the wreath against the stone and say a prayer. After that I just stay for a little while reflecting on what this individual did for their country.




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That's some great pics!! How long do you think it took to get there on the Blue Ridge?

And Thanks to all the VET's here on WT's

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Thanks for sharing the pictures........

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That's some great pics!! How long do you think it took to get there on the Blue Ridge?

And Thanks to all the VET's here on WT's

It's actually about 10-15 miles East of the parkway. We stayed in Bedford, VA for a night on our trip. I found the memorial from one of the locals. Here is a map for Bedford, it will give you an idea of it's location. Zoom in and look for Overlord Circle, that is the memorial.

Bedford, VA from Google maps.

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James, Those photos sent chills up and down my spine. I can only image how you felt being there in person. I had the privilege of visiting the Arizona memorial at Pearl Harbor and it was also a emotional experience.

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If you guys ever get a chance you should visit the Vietnam memorial in D.C. and also Arlington, when they do the change of guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier it is impossible not to shed a tear.


I salute all my brothers in arms on WT, and a prayer of thanks to those that have fallen.




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WOW, those pics sure put a little lump in your throat... thanks Ridgerunner and thanks to all of those who defend this country so people like me can enjoy life!

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Awesome pictures!

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Cool pics. I love running the Blue Ridge. Now I see I need to get off of it also.

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Definitely want to visit that. I was forunate to know for several years a member of my fraternity who won the Naval Cross of Valor on D-Day. Very honored to know him and fortunate to hear his stories.

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went to visit Arlington after getting back from Iraq to see friends gravesites the place definitely has a powerful affect on you one thing that will always stick in my memory is looking at the dates on the markers so many Americans giving up their lives one day after another with no break in between days .

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I had many relatives that died during WWI and WWII but all in the British military. Many stories there..

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