World leaders, veterans gather for D-Day tribute

Jun 06, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT
A piper plays a lament on Gold Beach as landing craft from the Royal Marines arrive at Arromanche on June 6, 2014 in Arromanches Les Bains, France.
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World leaders and veterans gathered by the beaches of Normandy under clear blue skies on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of World War Two's D-Day landings, with host France hoping the event will help bring a thaw in the Ukraine crisis. Wreaths, parades, parachute-landings and fireworks will be staged in honour of history's largest amphibious assault on June 6, 1944, when 160,000 U.S., British and Canadian troops waded ashore to confront Nazi Germany's forces, hastening its defeat.

Background:

D-Day Anniversary: Obama, World Leaders Honor Veterans [WSJ]

World leaders gather for D-Day tribute, hope for thaw on Ukraine [Reuters]

D-Day anniversary: 'World-changing' day remembered [BBC]

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