Virginia National Guard Soldiers conduct ruck march to honor D-Day

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia National Guard Soldiers honored the soldiers from the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team with a ruck march.

They marched from the Bedford Armory to the National D-Day Memorial on Sunday, June 6.

More than 800 members of the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division were killed, wounded or missing during the D-Day assault. It happened on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.

Those courageous and brave men helped create a foothold that allowed forces to continue the assault and set the stage for Allied victory in Europe.

During the assault on Omaha Beach, 19 of the “Bedford Boys” of Company A died. Bedford and Virginia’s communities provided soldiers to serve in Company A, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division.

Bedford suffered the largest loss after the assault on D-Day. Congress recognized that Bedford represented both large and small communities whose citizen-soldiers served that day. To honor the city, Congress decided to establish the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.

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