Posted by: ushistoryfiles | March 4, 2011

D-Day Memorial Revisited

Two weeks ago today my friend and I stopped off at the D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia on our way to a conference at Colonial Williamsburg.  (I must apologize to Colonial Williamsburg for not mentioning the conference here.)  I have mentioned the memorial once before here.  The last time I was there was several years ago in June so the flowers were in bloom and the water was flowing in the fountains on the memorial.  This time it was February and well, it was visually different.

This time we took a guided tour of the memorial.  Our volunteer guide took us to different sections of the memorial and discussed both the building of the memorial as well as the events of D-Day. 

The above picture is of a Piper L-4 Grasshopper.  A durable light observation aircraft, the map reader/observer sat in the back.  According to our guide, the fellow in the back had a desktop (for laying out the map) bolted in on top of him making getting out quite difficult.  This I cannot imagine. 

While I am at it, with the recession as it is the memorial has seen a drop in visitation.  I understand that they have asked the National Park Service if they would be interested in taking over the administration of the place as funds have gotten tight.  If you can, just drop them a note of encouragement.  I’m sure it would brighten their day.


  1. Hi Jim,

    The airplane shown above is an Areonca L-3 C. Easily confused with the Piper L-4.



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