Bedford, VA – The National D-Day Memorial will mark Veterans Day 2021 with the return of an inperson commemoration ceremony honoring all who served. The event is Thursday, November 11,
2021, at 11AM. The Memorial will offer free admission until noon on Veterans Day, with veterans
receiving free admission all day. The event will be live streamed on the Memorial’s YouTube channel,
Facebook page, and at
Keynote speaker and historian Mitchell Yockelson, author of The Paratrooper Generals, will pay
special tribute to one D-Day participant, Major Frederick Kellam of the 505th Parachute Infantry
Regiment. Yockelson manages the National Archives and Records Administration-Archival Recovery
Program, leading investigations of thefts of historical documents and museum artifacts. His work has
been featured on 60 Minutes, PBS, and C-SPAN, as well as the Los Angeles Times, New York Times,
and Washington Post. Additionally, Yockelson is a professor of military history at Norwich University
and the author of many books, articles, and reviews. His latest book, The Paratrooper Generals:
Matthew Ridgway, Maxwell Taylor, and the American Airborne from D-Day through the Normandy
Campaign was published by Stackpole in 2020. Yockelson regularly leads battlefield tours and
frequently lectures on military history. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland. Guests can meet Yockelson
at a book signing following the ceremony.
The ceremony will include patriotic music, recognition of all veterans in attendance, and the
dedication of the latest installation of veterans’ bricks in the Annie J. Bronson Veterans Memorial
Walk and Gold Star Brick Garden. Guests are asked to bring their own chairs to the ceremony. A preproduced virtual commemoration video will debut at 12:30PM on the Memorial’s YouTube channel,
Facebook page, and at and will play throughout the afternoon inside the Memorial’s Bobbie
G. Johnson Pavilion.
Immediately following the ceremony, the Memorial will break ground on a new interpretive walking
trail. The groundbreaking will take place near the future trailhead, between the gift shop and pavilion
Quonset huts. The forthcoming trail will provide a learning space for guests to explore, thorough
education stations, the ways in which Virginia’s natural resources helped win World War II.
Overlooking the beautiful Peaks of Otter, the trail’s calm and serene setting will be a place of refuge
For Immediate Release Angela Hatcher Lynch
October 28, 2021 540-875-2854
Located in Bedford, Virginia, USA – the community suffering the highest-known, per capita D-Day
loss in the Nation, the National D-Day Memorial commemorates its 20th anniversary in 2021. Learn
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for veterans and an enticement to physical exercise for visitors. The National D-Day Memorial
Foundation is grateful for the philanthropy of Ambassador Rozanne Ridgway and Captain Ted
Deming. The trail will be named in their honor when dedicated in June 2022.
The National D-Day Memorial Foundation extends its gratitude to these 2021 Veterans Day event
sponsors: Framatome, BWX Technologies, Inc., Bison Printing, Southside Electric Cooperative,
Member One Federal Credit Union, Fostek, Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital, Bank of the James,
Bedford Area Welcome Center and Department of Tourism, and Town of Bedford, VA