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Normandy Ceremonies Mark 66th Anniversary Of D-Day

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Visitors walk among the graves at the Colleville US cemetery, western France, Sunday  on the 66th anniversary of the D-Day. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
Visitors walk among the graves at the Colleville US cemetery, western France, Sunday on the 66th anniversary of the D-Day. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Veterans and those grateful for their sacrifices have marked the 66th anniversary of the D-Day landings, remembering the invasion that turned the tide of World War II.

U.S. veteran William Duane Bush, wearing a military jacket, raised the American flag at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, which overlooks Omaha Beach. It was the first time 93-year-old Bush of Lincoln, Nebraska had returned to Europe since the war's end.

An ecumenical service was held at the cathedral in the town of Bayeux, where a wreath-laying service also took place at the British military cemetery.

Some 215,000 Allied soldiers, and roughly as many Germans, were killed or wounded during D-Day and the ensuing nearly three months it took to secure the capture of Normandy.

This program aired on June 6, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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