The Final Salute - 75th Anniversary of D-Day

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, in what is the largest seaborne invasion in history and culminating in a battle that would result in hundreds of thousands of lives lost. The small Virginia town of Bedford suffered an enormous impact—along with the rest of the nation—as they lost more men per capita than any other city in the country.

Because of that loss and sacrifice, the National D-Day Memorial resides in Bedford, Virginia where thousands visit each year to commemorate the Valor, Fidelity, and Sacrifice of the men and women who lost so much during World War II.

As we approach the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion, the National D-Day Memorial will host a five day “Final Salute” in commemoration, gathering veterans, current military, political figures, celebrities, and the general public for a multi-day National Tribute to D-Day and WWII veterans.



The Final Salute

This will be the last significant gathering of World War II veterans in history. Known as “The Final Salute,” the five-day tribute starting on June 5, 2019, will include an Aerial Tribute of WWII fighter planes, a D-Day parade in downtown Bedford, a production of “Tuesday Morning” portraying the  morning of the invasion, Veteran Reunions and so much more.

Schedule of Events


Dedication of the U.S. Naval Academy Plaque


Aerial Tribute to the Veterans of WWII – 10AM
“The Final Salute” Commemorative Observance – 11AM

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2019

Regular admission and tours of the Memorial
Outdoor Concert and Canteen – time TBA


Regular admission and tours of the Memorial
D-Day Parade in downtown Bedford – time TBA
“Tuesday Mourning” production at the Bower Center for the Arts – time TBA

SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2019

Regular admission and tours of the Memorial
Field Chapel Service at the Memorial – time TBA
“Tuesday Mourning” production at the Bower Center for the Arts – time TBA

Where to Stay

Lynchburg is home to many boutique and name brand hotels—perfect for anyone’s stay, including the whole family. In fact, some Lynchburg hotels are offering special, discounted rates for the 75th Anniversary.  Click the button to see their rates and book a reservation.

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Things to Do

After the events of the day have ended, unwind with some exploring. With dozens of unique shops, local museums and incredible restaurants located in historic Downtown Lynchburg, you won’t have any trouble planning your evening.

Things To Do