Before the ride home from the Senior Saints trip, we headed to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia.
Around the English Garden, were the busts of the six top leaders that were directly under Dwight D. Eisenhower. That's his statue below.
They were all great men. Some not having the greatest of personalities, but wise men, none-the-less.
Where the names of the fallen soldiers were displayed on plaques, were hundreds of flags representing the countries of our fallen allies.
And our American soldiers.
If you've seen movies or documentaries on WWII, you probably recognize the boat in the background there. This one is made to scale. They could fit between thirty-two to thirty-eight men in them. The door would drop and the soldiers would run out. Many of them never touched the water with their feet, before they were shot to death by the enemy.
This statue represented what was important to our soldiers. If you'll look closely, there is a fallen soldier with a Bible by his head.
When they were cleaning up the beaches after D-day, there was a Bible found, wrapped several times in plastic. It was unharmed, and the family name was written clearly in the front cover.
The owner of that Bible had died on D-day. But the Bible was taken back to the states and given to the family of the fallen soldier.
We missed seeing and meeting her, but the sister of that fallen soldier had come to the memorial the day we visited and told the memorial staff that she had willed the Bible to them upon her death.
Statues representing our soldiers storming the beaches.
Statues representing our soldiers climbing the cliffs on the beaches. They had to conquer a lot in order to conquer the enemy. Well over 4,000 American soldiers died on those beaches that day.
My mom and I were humbled by this tour. To see and hear what these brave men went through on that day was overwhelming. Knowing that my grandpa was there, explained to us why he never would talk about it.
Me and my mama.
My and my buddy, Dana.
Mom bought a flag, wrote grandpa's name on it, and placed it in a flag memorial.
It was very emotional for her.
I love this picture. Someone else that saw it said it reminded them of Little House on the Prairie and I had to laugh, because that's exactly what it reminded me of.
This was a beautiful memorial and one that everyone should stop and visit if they're traveling through or near Bedford, Virginia. It is well worth the tour.