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Veterans Return to Normandy 70 Years After D-Day

British veteran Frederick Glover looks on as parachutists descend from a plane during a D-Day commemoration event in Ranville, northern France, on June 5.

Some 3,000 veterans are among those attending ceremonies across the northern French coastline where Allied forces landed in the largest seaborne invasion in history to help speed up the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.

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D-Day veterans Frederick Carrier, 89, left, and Raymond Sylvester, 94, listen to the playing of the U.S. national anthem at Utah beach on June 5.

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British soldiers stand on a debark ship in Arromanches, France, as they watch a firework display on June 5.

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Military enthusiasts walk on Omaha beach, northwestern France, on the morning of June 6.

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Britain's Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, right, attend a bell-naming ceremony in Bayeux Cathedral, northern France, on June 6.

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A military re-enactor dressed in a World War II uniform wipes his eye during a gathering on Omaha beach on June 6 to commemorate the sacrifice of the soldiers who landed there on D-Day 70 years earlier.

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People walk on the beach in Arromanches before a joint French-Dutch D-Day commemoration ceremony on June 6.

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British D-Day veterans (left-right) Wally Beale, 90, Doug Lakey, 94, Bernie Howell, 89, Bob Conway, 88, George French, 88, Gordon Smith, 90, and Albert Williams, 96, share a joke during a visit to Sword beach in Hermanville, France on June 5.

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D-Day re-enactors kiss near Ranville, France, on June 5.

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A young American boy dressed in military uniform poses for a photo during a visit to Gold beach in Normandy on June 5.

President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande look out over Omaha beach as they participate in the 70th French-American Commemoration D-Day Ceremony in Colleville-sur-Mer on June 6.

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British D-Day veteran Ken Scott, 98, who was an infantry sergeant with the Durham Light Infantry on Gold beach, looks at headstones following a service at Bayeux cemetery on June 6.

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