Date: August 23, 2016


Contact: Sara Smith

Phone: 540-586-2148



Bedford Main Street and the National D-Day Memorial Dedicate Bench in Centertown Plaza

BEDFORD – A new bench has been placed in Centertown Plaza and dedicated to the National D-Day Memorial and those who served on D-DAY. The bench bears the logo of the Memorial and complements the current Overlord Arch mosaic in the plaza’s brick work, as well as the light pole banners that hang throughout the Centertown area. The dedication was attended by representatives from the Town of Bedford, Bedford County, the National D-Day Memorial, and Bedford Main Street.

During the dedication, Bryan Schley, chairman of the Bedford Main Street, Design Committee said, “This project is just one of many that Main Street and the Town of Bedford envision for the future of showing how strongly the community feels about those who have sacrificed in the line of duty.”

“We are delighted with Centertown Plaza and the beautiful tribute it pays to our beloved Bedford Boys.  The addition of the park bench with the National D-Day Memorial logo further connects our community’s history to our nation’s monument to D-Day,” said April Cheek-Messier, President of the National D-Day Memorial. “The town itself is a living monument to those who served and sacrificed and this important addition illustrates the profound pride our community feels toward all of our veterans and to those who never returned home.”

Bedford has been a designated Main Street Community since the Commonwealth’s Main Street program was first established in 1985. The organization works to re-energize the economic and cultural impact of the Centertown district by pooling the resources of local civic and business leaders who are determined to revitalize the Main Street community. Bedford Main Street focused on the four principles of Design, Promotion, Economic Vitality and Organization to build a better community.