The US National D-Day Memorial has held a week of events to mark not just America’s sacrifice, but those of all the Allied forces.
It is estimated nearly 2,500 Americans were killed on D-Day.
At the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains, the town of Bedford lost more men per capita on 6 June 1944 than any other community in the US.
April Cheek-Messier, US National D-Day Memorial President, said:
"You knew everyone, you went to school together, you went to church together, you played together. It was a devastating loss."
The memorial is set out chronologically, starting with the English Garden to depict where all the planning took place.
“So we have some of the British generals here. Sir Arthur Tedder for example, and you've got Ramsay, and Montgomery.
"We’re the only institution in the world to actually research the names, not just of Americans, but the Allies who were killed that day."