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Images of the D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemoration

Remembering those who fought to free Europe.

June 6, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

World lead­ers from around the world gathered in Nor­mandy, France on Fri­day to mark the 70th an­niversary of the D-Day in­va­sion in 1944. 

People visit World War II landing crafts on the Arromanches beach, Normandy, on June 6, 2014 during the ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Operation Overlord. The D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 70th anniversary since the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany.  AFP/Getty Images
COLLEVILLE SUR MER, FRANCE - JUNE 06: US President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande attend a ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery on the 70th anniversary of D-Day June 6, 2014 in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. Friday 6th June is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United Kingdom and the United States join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. A series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary are planned for the week with many heads of state travelling to the famous beaches to pay their respects to those who lost their lives.   Getty Images
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, lays a wreath at an event for veterans in Arromanches-les-Bains, northern France, on June 6, 2014, marking the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. AFP/Getty Images
ARROMANCHES, FRANCE - JUNE 06: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets veterans for tea before attending the Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings at Gold Beach on June 6, 2014 in Arromanches, France. Friday 6th June is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United Kingdom and the United States join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. A series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary are planned for the week with many heads of state travelling to the famous beaches to pay their respects to those who lost their lives.  Getty Images
US President Barack Obama (L) and French President Francois Hollande (R) look out over Omaha Beach during a joint French-US D-Day commemoration ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-mer, Normandy, on June 6, 2014, marking the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy.  AFP/Getty Images
French President Francois Hollande (R) embraces German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the international D-Day commemoration ceremony in Ouistreham, on June 6, 2014, marking the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. AFP/Getty Images
Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel chat at the international D-Day commemoration ceremony in Normandy, on June 6, 2014, marking the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. AFP/Getty Images
A video screen shows US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Ouistreham International Ceremony at Sword Beach to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion at Normandy, in Ouistreham, France, June 6, 2014. The D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 70th anniversary since the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany.  AFP/Getty Images
OUISTREHAM, FRANCE - JUNE 06: Dancers perform at the main international ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the World War II D-Day invasion with 17 heads of state at Sword Beach on June 6, 2014 at Ouistreham, France. Friday the 6th of June is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings that saw 156,000 troops from the Allied countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States, join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. A series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary are planned for the week with many heads of state travelling to the famous beaches to pay their respects to those who lost their lives.   Getty Images
Alpha jets, part of the Patrouille Acrobatique de France, leave trails of smoke in the colours of the French national flag during an international D-Day commemoration ceremony on the beach of Ouistreham, Normandy, on June 6, 2014, marking the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. AFP/Getty Images
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, FRANCE - JUNE 06: Michel Colas (C) shows his grandsons Samuel Colas (L) and Rafael Schneider (R) the Normandy American Cemetery before the start of an official event with U.S. President Barack Obama June 6, 2014 in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. Friday 6th June is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United Kingdom and the United States join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. A series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary are planned for the week with many heads of state travelling to the famous beaches to pay their respects to those who lost their lives.  Getty Images
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