Saturday 31 January 2015

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
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.
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
Canadian lapel pins are seen below a plaque which reads in French, "We Will Remember" at the former D-Day landing zone of Juno Beach in Bernieres-sur-Mer, France
U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande participate in the 70th French-American Commemoration D-Day Ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer
Normandy veteran Gordon Drabble, 89, from Sheffield, recently awarded the Legion D'Honeur, plants a wooden cross at the grave of a fallen comrade in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery, Bayeux, Normandy
Normandy veterans arrive at Bayeux Cathedral for a commemorative service to mark 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings during World War II
Normandy veterans arrive at Bayeux Cathedral for a commemorative service to mark 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings during World War II
Normandy veteran Ken Scott, 98, from the Durham Light Infantry, leaves Bayeux Cathedral following a commemorative service to mark 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Deauville, Northern France
(from left) Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Prince Charles and Prime Minister David Cameron walk down the streets of Bayeux
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Deauville, Northern France
French President Francois Hollande (3rd R) stands to attention after laying a wreath in tribute to civil victims at the war memorial in Caen
Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott places a cross at a grave as he arrives to attend the French-British ceremony at the British War cemetery in Bayeux
Australian World War Two veterans place crosses and flags at graves before attending the French-British ceremony at the British War cemetery in Bayeux
Family members of Canadian D-Day veterans, serving soldiers and local citizens attend a ceremony outside Queens Own Rifles of Canada House in Bernieres sur Mer
History enthusiasts from the Seaforth Highlanders of Holland march along the former Canadian D-Day landing zone of Juno Beach at Bernieres sur Mer
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) smiles at a veteran while during the 70th French-American Commemoration D-Day Ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer
A local villager shows a Canadian army helmet, which he had found in his garden, to a Canadian army ex-serviceman in Bernieres sur Mer
U.S. President Barack Obama participates in the 70th French-American Commemoration D-Day Ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer
Family members of Canadian D-Day veterans, serving soldiers and local citizens attend a ceremony outside Queens Own Rifles of Canada House in Bernieres sur Mer
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and French President Francois Hollande look out over Omaha Beach as they participate in the 70th French-American Commemoration D-Day Ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer
Britain's Queen Elizabeth pays her respects after laying a wreath during the French-British ceremony at the British War cemetery in Bayeux
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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