June 6, 1944: Nineteen boys from Bedford, Virginia – population just 3,000 in 1944– died in the first bloody minutes of D-Day. The Bedford boys were part of Company A of the 116th Regiment of the 29th Division and among the first wave of American soldiers to hit the beaches in Normandy. Later in the campaign, three more boys from this small Virginia town died of gunshot wounds. Twenty-two sons of Bedford were lost. Theirs is a story one cannot easily forget and one that Bedford families will never forget.
To write The Bedford Boys, Kershaw extensively interviewed survivors and relatives and consulted diaries and letters. His book focuses on several remarkable individuals and families to tell one of the most poignant stories of World War II– the story of one small American town that went to war and died on Omaha Beach.
April Cheek-Messier, president of the National D-Day Memorial, will speak briefly about the legacy of the Bedford Boys after Kershaw’s presentation
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The 2017 Education Programs are made possible by the generous sponsorship of Ron Goodgame and Donna Canney.