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Saturday 2 August 2014

70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy

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British World War II veteran Major Hugh Pond, 91, who served in the 9th Parachute Regiment, attends a ceremony at the War Cemetery in Ranville, northern France June 6, 2014.  World leaders and veterans gathered by the beaches of Normandy on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of World War Two's D-Day landings.      REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE  - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY CONFLICT)
British World War II veteran Major Hugh Pond, 91, who served in the 9th Parachute Regiment, attends a ceremony at the War Cemetery in Ranville, northern France
File photo dated 18/05/14 of Normandy veteran George Batts who was presented with a special award by David Cameron for his work organising pilgrimages to the landing sites for his comrades. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday June 6, 2014. Grandfather-of-two Batts, 88, the national secretary of the Normandy Veterans' Association (NVA), was announced as the latest recipient of a Points of Light award for his voluntary work. As well as the award, Mr Batts was given the honour of being the British veterans' representative at the official state lunch held as part of the 70th anniversary commemorations. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay Batts. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Normandy veteran George Batts who was presented with a special award by David Cameron for his work organising pilgrimages to the landing sites for his comrades.
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and French President Francois Hollande (L) stand with veterans as they participate in the 70th French-American Commemoration D-Day Ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer June 6, 2014. World leaders and veterans gathered by the beaches of Normandy under clear blue skies on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of World War Two's D-Day landings, with host France hoping the event will help bring a thaw in the Ukraine crisis.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY CONFLICT)
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and French President Francois Hollande (L) stand with veterans as they participate in the 70th French-American Commemoration D-Day Ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer
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