Planning ahead: What you need to know ahead of the 75th D-Day anniversary ceremony

BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ) Seventy-five years ago, 4,414 men died on the shores of Normandy June 6, 1944.

Thursday, the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford is holding a special ceremony called "The Final Salute: D-Day Plus 75 Years." The name of every life lost will be remembered for the sacrifice they gave in the name of freedom.

"Just to think from a global perspective, that many men who died in one single day of World War II to start the liberation of Europe, it's pretty remarkable," Angela Lynch, the associate director of marketing, said. "It's just a way to remember their sacrifice, and their duty and their service to country."

To commemorate this anniversary, Vice President Mike Pence will give the key note address. The last time he was in our area was to speak at Liberty University's commencement back in May. There will be extra security at the memorial.

For those who wish to attend the ceremony, here what you need to know.

There will be no on-site parking or drop-off capability for anyone attending. Guests must park in one of the 15 designated parking lots that will shuttle people to and from the memorial throughout the day.

To know what lots will be getting shuttle service, click here.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. No one will be permitted through the gates after 9:30 a.m. Shuttle service will resume after the ceremony and go until 5 p.m.

Only clear bags will be allowed through security. No purses, backpacks, or diaper bags.