BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) Bedford County students have a new way to connect with a global landmark in their own back yard.
The National D-Day Memorial is giving Bedford County middle and high school students a free visit.
Admission fees are being waved for sixth, ninth, and eleventh graders on school-sponsored field trips.
Memorial leaders say most of the county's elementary school students take trips to the attraction, but very few middle and high schoolers are coming.
They believe older students can better connect with the D-Day story.
"Those students will be covering World War II in their SOL's, so it's a win-win for the teachers as well as for us," said Maggie Mitchell, education coordinator for the National D-Day Memorial.
Students from Liberty High School and Forest Middle are visiting this spring. Memorial leaders hope to welcome all of the county's middle and high schools next year.