National D-Day Memorial in Financial Trouble

2 Jun

National D-Day Memorial on brink of financial ruin
Associated Press

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — On the eve of the 65th anniversary of D-Day, the foundation that runs the National D-Day Memorial is on the brink of financial ruin. Donations are down in the poor economy. The primary base of support — World War II veterans — is dying off. And the privately funded memorial is struggling to draw visitors because it’s hundreds of miles from a major city.
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Film gives account of Va. community’s D-Day role

Sen. Mark Warner was hosting the Tuesday evening showing of “Bedford: The Town They Left Behind.” Bedford suffered among the highest per-capita losses in the Normandy landing.
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Warner tries to find way to save DDay Memorial

Warner is also fighting hard to prevent the memorial from closing due to its financial problems. He said he is working with Congressman Tom Perriello to have the Park Service take over the memorial.
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My family and I visited the Memorial last October. Pictures and the report of our visit are here.


3 Responses to “National D-Day Memorial in Financial Trouble”

  1. Diana Phelps June 4, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    My husband and I have been to the Memorial twice once just after it opened. The second time was in the summer of 2006. That memorial was most chilling place I’ve ever been.It’s like your really there the sounds of the gun fire in the water.My father in law is a Pearl Harbor survivor and I have alot of respect for the men and women of WW11.It is beautiful down there. My husband and I would love to run the memorial we feel that there are things that could be done to safe money and get more money donated.We would love to live there in Bedford and represent the D-Day Memorial.
    Thank You,
    Diana Phelps

  2. john rushton June 12, 2009 at 8:51 am #

    Please send me the days and hours that the memorial in bedford is open. Thanks.

    • Michael June 12, 2009 at 9:59 pm #

      There’s a link to the Memorial website within the post. They can give you the hours.

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