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Veterans make emotional return to the beaches to mark D-Day

A US WWII veteran stands in front of US flags during a US-German D-Day commemoration ceremony in honour of airborne soldiers on June 5, 2014 in Picauville, northern FranceCaen (France) (AFP) – D-Day veterans marched back to Normandy’s beaches and villages on Thursday, in an emotional return to mark 70 years since the launch of the biggest amphibious invasion in military history. Royals, top brass and some 20 world leaders, including US President Barack Obama and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, will attend the main D-Day ceremony on Friday, with the diplomatic wrangling over the Ukraine crisis acting as an awkward undercurrent to proceedings.

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