cells as they move As the 70th anniversary of D-Day approaches, the people who fought in that military battle are leaving us at a rapid pace. An estimated 550 World War ii veterans die in the United States every day. Educators in our region are working hard to preserve the memories of survivors, before it's too late. WDBJ-7's Tim Saunders is live at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford to tell us how they're keeping history alive. Jean, the staff here at the memorial has dedicated itself to sharing the D-Day story with as many people as possible, and you don't have to travel here to Bedford to benefit from those efforts. It's pretty common at the D-Day Memorial to see a school bus unloading students. The site offers an educational field trip, where visitors can learn about true American heroes. Kevin Nguyen/Student: "They did somethin good for freedom, so that Germany and the other Axis powers wouldn't take over the world." As kids photograph the bronze statues and scenic views, educators hope they'll learn a thing or two. Felicia Lowrance/Education Coordinator: "w bring the story of d- Day to life, through the memorial and the sculptures that are on site." Memorial tour guides are trained to give a detailed, but relatable explanation of what happened on D-Day. Lowrance: "It is watershed moment. It is a major turning point of World War ii." One way the memorial preserves the D-Day story is by interviewing veterans, sometimes at public events like this one in 2013. Time is running out to hear these first person accounts. Two of the veterans who spoke at this gathering died a few months later. Lowrance: "That' why it's so important for us to be here. To hold on and remember (the d- Day story), and teach it to future generations." Teaching isn't limited to the memorial itself. The D-Day foundation offers "virtual field trips, where educators give interactive presentations using web cameras. Lowrance: "i ca come on and have a 45 minute to an hour conversation with them about D-Day and why it is so important." Underscoring that importance is the goal of every program the memorial offers. Lowrance: "t remember the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of these soldiers. To teach about it every day, so that they are honored. They are remembered." Later this month the memorial will offer a "drop-in day camp, where students can get immersed in World War ii history and have some fun learning about the science and technology behind D-Day. Live in Bedford, Tim Saunders, wdbj7.