RV Trip to places we missed and some we have already seen travel blog

Parked/camped at the Elks National Home in Bedford, VA

visiting the National D-Day Memorial and using the Blue Star Memorial Bi-way

inside the welcome center

 

entering the D-Day Memorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lunch at the Liberty Station restaurant

inside the restaurant

the sign for the train station where we ate lunch

Joe's Uncle Frank, Sandi, Joe and Joe's Aunt Carm (Joe's father's sister)


Beford Virginia is absolutely a gorgeous small town! What a history. We arrived and checked in with Joe's aunt and uncle who have retired to the Elk's National Home. It was built in 1903 as a resort hotel. It is beautiful. Felt like we were on a cruise ship. The next day, the 25th of September we visited the D-Day Memorial with Uncle Frank and Aunt Carm. Joe's uncle was in WWII. The memorial was outstanding as you can see by my photos of the memorial complex. On and around the center of the memorial the sculptures allude to actions and events associated with the amphibious landing. It took our breaths away! They have fountain sprouts that make it appear that bullets are hitting the water around the men making the landing. You can see the beach craft on shore of the beach area, then men climbing up a "cliff", helping each other up. I cannot begin to describe the scene nor could I take enough photos of it. Also, 19 men from Bedford, VA were killed on the D-day landing, the most per capita of any US city. Afterwards we went to lunch at the old train station located in Bedford. Trains do not stop there anymore but they still travel right by the station. The lunch was terrific, the best french onion soup I have ever had. That afternoon we all "rested" (we ran and did some much needed errands to Radio Shack and Walmart) prior to dinner in the Elk's dining room. Obviously none of us had much room for dinner, but the ballroom/dining room in the grand resort was a treat. We left the next morning after saying goodbye to Uncle Frank (88) and Aunt Carm (84) and promised to see them again soon!!



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