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National D-Day Memorial, Bedford, Va.
Bronze American soldier sculptures, mock tetrahedra known as "hedgehogs" during World War II and the Reflecting Pool depict the Normandy landing at Omaha Beach at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va.

"We have many World War II and D-Day veterans with us today, and we're honored by your presence. We appreciate your example, and thank you for coming. And let it be recorded we're joined by one of the most distinguished of them all — a man who arrived at Normandy by glider with the 82nd Airborne Division; a man who serves America to this very hour. Please welcome Major General Strom Thurmond.

"You have raised a fitting memorial to D-Day, and you have put it in just the right place — not on a battlefield of war, but in a small Virginia town, a place like so many others that was home to the men and women who helped liberate a continent. [ speech continued . . . ]

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