An incredible memorial in Bedford
Memorial Day only comes around once a year, and it is a good day for a cook-out, a sporting event, and a day off work. In addition to the above, it is a sacred day for all war veterans. None need to be reminded of the reason why Memorial Day must be commemorated. But, what about the general public and more importantly, the future generations? Do most non-veterans recognize the importance of May 30? Or is it only if they have lost a veteran in their family?
I have seen the nice war memorial at the high school and admire the pictures I have seen of the new war memorial that the VFW has constructed out at the park. They are very nice and very appropriate memorials.
I want to tell you about another Memorial that is in Bedford, Va. Bedford is a small farm town with a population around 3200, similar to Virginia or Rushville. It was in 1994 that Mayor Mike Shelton started raising funds for a monument in memory of lives lost during World War II. He was able to raise an amazing $13.6 million; however, the cost was closer to $25 million. They have a wonderful monument. It is located on 88 acres of Bedford pasture. The structure, made mostly of concrete and polished granite, recreates the Normandy landing on D-Day. An architectural representation of a Higgins boat, the sort used during the invasion, enters a wading pool that is pierced from time to time by small geysers meant to look like explosions. Bronze soldiers claw through the concrete beach and climb over a wall. Past the wall is a granite arch inscribed with the word “Overlord” - the Allied Forces code name for the invasion. The arch stands 44 feet, 6 inches high to represent June 6, 1944; the top is black and white, like the Allies’ airplanes during the attack.