Grief lingers in Virginia town that paid high price on D-Day

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — The 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy has a powerful significance for a small Virginia town.

Bedford lost 20 local men in the fighting on June 6, 1944. Its D-Day losses have long been considered among the steepest, proportionally, of any community in the U.S.

Bedford is now home to the National D-Day Memorial. Author Alex Kershaw detailed the town’s sacrifice in his 2003 best-seller “The Bedford Boys.” And a Bedford Boys tribute center opened recently in what used to be popular drugstore.

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