BEDFORD, Va. -

The National D-Day Memorial tells a powerful story in a postcard setting.

"Our goal has always been to make the memorial as ascetically pleasing as possible," said Martin Leamy, site facilities manager for the memorial.

At just 13 years old, the memorial is still a relatively new landmark.  Even in that short time, weather has taken a toll.

Crews have been working almost non-stop since last summer to roll back the clock, and make the entire facility look as good as it did in 2001.  A large portion of the labor and materials has been donated.

"We probably would not be able to do it otherwise," said memorial president, April Cheek-Messier.  "It's just too costly."

Cheek-Messier estimates that local companies and non-profits have given more than $10,000 worth of time and talent in the last year to spruce up the D-Day monument.

"There are so many companies that have reached out to us and asked 'what can we do?'" Cheek-Messier said.

Groups ranging from small businesses to large companies have done everything from power washing concrete to installing new new seats.

Volunteers from New River Electrical repaired and replaced light fixtures.   

"We want to support our veterans and honor what they've done," said Terry Garrett, vice president of New River Electrical.  "We just feel like it's a worthy cause."

The memorial has just three people on its maintenance staff and only two work full-time.  Getting help from the community has made an overwhelming task much easier to complete.

"We want everything to look perfect when our D-Day veterans are here for the 70th anniversary," said Cheek-Messier.  "It means a lot that so many people who run our community want the same."