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Friday, March 12, 2010

D-Day Memorial moves ticket outlet, closes on Mondays

In an effort to streamline organization and cut costs, the National D-Day Memorial has moved its ticket outlet and no longer is open to the public on Mondays.

Guests still can schedule group visits to the Memorial by appointment and the Foundation office will remain open for administrative business on Mondays.

As of March 9, all individual admission tickets and tour purchases are available at the Bedford Welcome Center rather than directly at the Memorial site. Visitors, including Overlord Society members, are asked to check in at the Welcome Center to acquire tickets.

This partnership opportunity, part of an ongoing effort to streamline operations, will benefit both the Memorial and the Welcome Center, according to April Cheek-Messier, director of education.

"Instead of waiting in line in their vehicles at a ticket booth, visitors can now come into a climate-controlled facility with plenty of restrooms, view the exhibits, several of which are specifically about the Bedford Boys and D-Day, and pick up information on other activities and businesses in the area while purchasing their tickets," said Cheek-Messier.

Sergei Troubetzkoy, director of Tourism for Bedford, said the new arrangement should increase visitation to the Bedford Welcome Center because the D-Day Memorial receives about two-and-one half times as many visitors as the Welcome Center.

To schedule a group visit or for more information, call 586-3329 or visit www.dday.org.