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World Honors D Day’s Fallen, 70 Years On

June 6, 2014 by staff 

World Honors D Day’s Fallen, 70 Years On, Men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders Friday in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives in the D-Day landings in Nazi-occupied France, in a day of international commemorations of history’s biggest amphibious invasion.

They are honoring the troops and civilians who fell in mighty battles that helped bring Europe peace and unity – just as bloodshed in Ukraine is posing new challenges to European security and threatening a new East-West divide.

As the sun rose Friday over a gusty Omaha Beach, flags flew at half-staff. A U.S. military band played Taps, while D-Day veterans from the 29th Infantry Division and serving soldiers stood at attention at exactly 6:30 a.m., the moment on June 6, 1944, when Allied troops first waded ashore.

“Twenty-nine, let’s go!” they shouted, then downed shots of Calvados, Normandy apple brandy.

Hundreds of Normandy residents and other onlookers applauded the veterans, then began forming a human chain on the beach.

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