Virginia town paid heavy price on D-Day

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In this May 6, 2019, photo, Marguerite Cottrell, sister of John Reynolds, speaks during an interview at a recently opened tribute center for the Bedford Boys in Bedford, Va. Reynolds, had been killed in the D-Day invasion of Normandy on the coast of France. The 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy has a […]

BEDFORD, VA (Associated Press) — 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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