The National D-Day Memorial: Clearly a Worthwhile Journey

by Sally Matheny

The National D-Day Memorial

The fog on June 5 of our family vacation, reminded me of another foggy June 5.

Our trip to Virginia, in the summer of 2015, began on a sunny note, but quickly immersed under thick clouds and drizzling rain. 

The dreary weather lounged with us almost every day in the Shenandoah Valley. 

The day of our departure was June 5. That morning the dense fog that had lingered all week rose just above the treetops. The rain ceased. Wondering if we could squeeze in an activity before checking out. we raced to the chairlift located on the property. By the time we reached the top, the weather had changed. The only view to behold was a veil of dense fog.

We decided we might as well head home. As we descended the mountain, I thought about how thick clouds caused problems on another June 5. 

Originally, WWII’s D-Day invasion of Normandy, France was scheduled for June 5, 1944. 

However, British meteorologists said the weather would not permit a successful invasion. Although it was sunny on June 4, Eisenhower trusted the meteorologists and wisely postponed the invasion until June 6.

Massanutten Ski Resort in Virginia

On our way home, I noticed the National D-Day Memorial was a thirty-minute detour from our route. Usually, the GPS is set for home and there are no stops except for the essentials—gas, food, and restrooms. But this year, we chose to deviate from our set ways.

By the time we reached Bedford, Virginia blue skies welcomed us. The admission tickets purchased at the Welcome Center included an optional guided tour. 

At first, we thought the price was a bit high. However, after discovering it is a non-profit and does not receive federal or state funding, we deemed it reasonable.  By the end of our visit, we all thought the D-Day Memorial was clearly a worthwhile journey.