Bedford: D-Day Memorial preparing for thousands to commemorate anniversary

The D-Day Memorial in Bedford is gearing up for one of the largest crowds they've ever seen. They're calling it The Final Salute as we commemorate the 75th anniversary.

On June 6, 1944 soldiers, planes, and ships from the United States, Britain, and Canada stormed the Nazi-occupied French beaches of Normandy.

The D-Day invasion, as it was soon called, is credited with changing the course of World War Two as Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allies less than a year after D-Day.

Thousands of allied soldiers died in the invasion. Company A of the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, was a National Guard outfit of 37 men from Bedford. 19 of them died in D-Day.

The per capita losses for Bedford on D-Day were among the highest in the country.

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