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D-Day Ceremony in Normandy Marks 78th Anniversary

Jun 06, 2022
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Normandy was abuzz with activity on Saturday as people from all over the world gathered to honor the 78th anniversary of D-Day. The ceremony was a chance for veterans in their nineties to reflect on the sacrifices they made during World War II, and for younger generations to learn more about that fateful day. Wreaths were laid, speeches were given, and tears were shed as we remembered those who lost their lives during Operation Overlord.

It was especially moving to see so many people in attendance this year after the last two D-Day anniversary ceremonies were reduced to a minimum due to COVID-19 restrictions. It's a testament to the strength of the human spirit that we can come together and celebrate our shared history, even in the midst of a pandemic. We will never forget the brave men and women who fought for our freedom, and we will always honor their memory. Thank you, veterans, for your service and sacrifice. We will never forget.

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