Bedford, Virginia D-Day memorial

    On a cold, blustery January day in 2005 my father, Dick Ballance, and I were able to visit the D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. The Memorial was featured in an article written by Roy Roberts in last week’s edition of the Star-Gazette.
    Due to the conditions, Dad stayed in the visitor’s center, and swapped stories with the staff and visitors. I was the only human on the Memorial site, so I was able to go anywhere without obstruction. The wading pool surrounding the Higgins Boat was devoid of water, so I was armed with Pop’s camera and snapped away from the perspective of the drop gate. From that view, you can see the soldiers struggling through the sand and the tetrahedron that were designed to rip the hulls of the plywood Higgins boats.

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