BEDFORD, Va. -

The D-Day Memorial is enjoying a much better financial situation than it has in years past.

2013 was the first time in five years that the memorial had more money coming in than it had going out.

The memorial foundation has also paid off all of the debts that came from building the monument 13 years ago.

Since the National Park Service won't be taking over the memorial, leaders of the facility say donations from the community will be crucial for the monument's survival.

"We're still here, we're still operating, and we still need everyone's support to continue operating for generations to come," said memorial president, April Cheek-Messier.

If the financial situation remains positive, memorial officials hope to begin planning for a large education center at the site.