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It’s Time to Honor D-Day’s ‘Boys of Bedford’


I grew up in “Call of Duty” and “Medal of Honor,” and after beating the games, I would go out and pretend to be those soldiers.

We were taught to respect the military in my family. My dad and brother introduced me to HBO’s “Band of Brothers” when I was 13, and it’s still a popular topic of conversation after all these years.

When I entered college, I studied theater and acting (to my mother’s dismay). The degree I earned didn’t provide much financial security, but I learned how to tell a good story.

Of course, I’ve also acted in some great stories, and one of the best I’ve come across in my college career is the one about the Bedford Boys.

Being cast in the lead role was a blessing for me.

To research my role, I read books, listened to interviews, visited memorials, and talked to the townspeople of Bedford, VA. In the process, I fell in love with men from the 116th Infantry Regiment, Company A, of the US Army’s 29th Division.

The people of Company A are not saints. They are just small town people. Among their ranks were farmers, factory workers, grocers, husbands and fathers.

Most of those boys had never crossed the borders of the county in which they were born, and their limited life experience was reflected in the nature of their aspirations. Most aspire to marry their high school sweetheart, raise a family, and provide for the people they love.

None of them aspired to be iconic figures in a global war, but that’s exactly what happened.

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Nation D-Day Memorial located in Bedford, Va. because that small country town lost more soldiers per capita during the invasion of Normandy than any other town or city in America. And not only were the lives of those brave soldiers ruined, but the Bedford community had a generation of young people torn from their tight social fabric.

As I spoke to family members of men who died on D-Day, I heard in their stories and voices the still poignant loss of men like Ray. O. Stevens, Bedford Hoback and Jack Powers. This group of country boys have put their lives on hold to fight for their friends, family and country.

And in doing so, they made the world a freer and better place. But in doing so, they and their beloved home city made incredible sacrifices.

In the four years that have passed since I had the honor of playing the Bedford Boy and learning the details of this story, I am increasingly looking forward to honoring them by telling their stories to a wider audience. With my close friend Joel, who also plays Bedford Boy, I am co-writing and producing a short film about Bedford Boys.

“The Boys of Bedford” will be shown to producers and investors with the aim of giving the green light to a mini-series that will allow us to fully explore the incredible sacrifices of men. this and their community.

We’re asking you to help us tell their story. To raise the funds needed to produce our short film, we came up with a start-up project to make the project a reality.

Your donation will help strengthen the legacy of a brave community and the Brave Boys of Bedford.

Josh Reed from Danville, Va., is the youngest of three. His parents were pastors at a local church and he graduated from Liberty University in 2020 with a degree in theater performance. He’s writing the script for “Boys of Bedford” with his friend Joel Hadden, another Liberty School graduate. Follow him on Instagram And Twitter.

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