There is perhaps no place more appropriate in which to remember the magnitude of the sacrifice of those who stormed ashore on D-day than Bedford, Va., a town of 6,000 that’s 200 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.
If you’ve heard of Bedford, it’s likely because of the Bedford Boys, 30 National Guard soldiers from Bedford who landed on France’s Normandy beaches on June 6, 1944.
By day’s end, 19 Bedford soldiers were dead. Four more died later in the Normandy campaign.
Proportionately, the town of Bedford, then about 3,200 residents, suffered the nation’s most severe D-day losses.
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