2014-06-07T142358Z_1_LYNXMPEA5608F_RTROPTP_2_USA-LEBANON-KERRY

Kerry commemorates D-Day in French village he calls home

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures as he speaks during a news conference after meeting with Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the government palace in BeirutBy Lesley Wroughton ST BRIAC-SUR-MER France (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-Day at his mother’s family estate in the French resort of Saint Briac-sur-Mer on Saturday, paying tribute to the American soldiers who died during the liberation of the town in 1944. Later in a speech at the town hall, Kerry credited the courage and kindness of the people of Saint Briac, on the north coast of Brittany, for saving his family’s heirlooms from the Nazis during the occupation. Standing on the balcony of the town hall, Kerry was flanked by American photographer Tony Vaccarro, 93, known for his photograph “Kiss of Liberation”, which depicts an American soldier kneeling down to kiss a young French girl during the liberation of Saint Briac.

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