Bedford park renovations honor town's D-Day connection

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BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) Renovations to a park are giving people in Bedford a new way to honor their town's sacrifice during World War II.

New furniture and brickwork at Centertown Park pay tribute to D-Day and the soldiers who represented Bedford during that era.

On Tuesday afternoon a bench was unveiled with the D-Day Memorial Foundation's logo. Just below the bench are bricks listing names of each "Bedford Boy" who served in the National Guard's Company A, 116th infantry.

"Bedford gave so much on that day, not just then but through World War II and other wars," said Bryan Schley, chairman of the design committee for Bedford Main Street. "It's an important part of our history and it should be preserved."

Bedford lost more soldiers per-capita at D-Day than any town in the United States.

Renovations to the Centertown Park were spearheaded by volunteers and staff at the Bedford Main Street business advocacy organization.

Workers with the town of Bedford carried out the project, using local dollars and funding from a state transportation grant that also paid for replacement of sidewalks in the downtown area.