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D-Day veterans return to Normandy

U.S. World War II paratrooper veteran Tom Rice, who is 97 years-old and served with the 101st Airbone, jumps during a commemorative parachute jump over Carentan on the Normandy coast ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 5.  REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

U.S. World War II paratrooper veteran Tom Rice, who is 97 years-old and served with the 101st Airbone, jumps during a commemorative parachute jump over Carentan on the Normandy coast ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 5. REUTERS/Pascal...more

U.S. World War II paratrooper veteran Tom Rice, who is 97 years-old and served with the 101st Airbone, jumps during a commemorative parachute jump over Carentan on the Normandy coast ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 5. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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Paratroopers jump during a commemorative parachute jump over Sannverville in Normandy ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 5. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Paratroopers jump during a commemorative parachute jump over Sannverville in Normandy ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 5. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Paratroopers jump during a commemorative parachute jump over Sannverville in Normandy ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 5. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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World War Two D-Day veteran Mervyn Kersh from Britain places his hand on the shoulder of Norman Duncan of the U.S. as they attend a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial situated above Omaha Beach, as France prepares to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

World War Two D-Day veteran Mervyn Kersh from Britain places his hand on the shoulder of Norman Duncan of the U.S. as they attend a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial situated above Omaha Beach, as France prepares to commemorate the...more

World War Two D-Day veteran Mervyn Kersh from Britain places his hand on the shoulder of Norman Duncan of the U.S. as they attend a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial situated above Omaha Beach, as France prepares to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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WWII D-Day veterans, including Richard Llewellyn and Mervyn Kersh from Britain and Norman Duncan from the U.S., attend a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial situated above Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

WWII D-Day veterans, including Richard Llewellyn and Mervyn Kersh from Britain and Norman Duncan from the U.S., attend a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial situated above Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 4....more

WWII D-Day veterans, including Richard Llewellyn and Mervyn Kersh from Britain and Norman Duncan from the U.S., attend a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial situated above Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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World War Two veterans are greeted by a crowd at the 3rd Infantry Division Old Hickory memorial ceremony in Mortain, France June 2. U.S. Army/Sgt. Dommnique Washington/Handout via REUTERS

World War Two veterans are greeted by a crowd at the 3rd Infantry Division Old Hickory memorial ceremony in Mortain, France June 2. U.S. Army/Sgt. Dommnique Washington/Handout via REUTERS

World War Two veterans are greeted by a crowd at the 3rd Infantry Division Old Hickory memorial ceremony in Mortain, France June 2. U.S. Army/Sgt. Dommnique Washington/Handout via REUTERS
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D-Day veteran Raymond Wallace of the U.S. salutes as he attends a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial above Omaha Beach, June 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

D-Day veteran Raymond Wallace of the U.S. salutes as he attends a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial above Omaha Beach, June 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

D-Day veteran Raymond Wallace of the U.S. salutes as he attends a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial above Omaha Beach, June 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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History enthusiasts drive a vintage jeep during a re-enactment of D-Day landings on the beach, in Arromanches, on the Normandy coast, France, June 2. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

History enthusiasts drive a vintage jeep during a re-enactment of D-Day landings on the beach, in Arromanches, on the Normandy coast, France, June 2. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

History enthusiasts drive a vintage jeep during a re-enactment of D-Day landings on the beach, in Arromanches, on the Normandy coast, France, June 2. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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German World War II veteran Konrad Scheucher poses with a picture of himself as a soldier at the La Cambe German war cemetery in La Cambe, Normandy, June 5.  REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

German World War II veteran Konrad Scheucher poses with a picture of himself as a soldier at the La Cambe German war cemetery in La Cambe, Normandy, June 5. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

German World War II veteran Konrad Scheucher poses with a picture of himself as a soldier at the La Cambe German war cemetery in La Cambe, Normandy, June 5. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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WWII D-Day veterans arrive to attend a commemorative parachute jump over Sannverville in Normandy, June 5. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

WWII D-Day veterans arrive to attend a commemorative parachute jump over Sannverville in Normandy, June 5. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

WWII D-Day veterans arrive to attend a commemorative parachute jump over Sannverville in Normandy, June 5. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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U.S D-Day veteran Frank DeVita pays his respects during a visit at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial situated above Omaha Beach in Colleville sur Mer, France, June 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

U.S D-Day veteran Frank DeVita pays his respects during a visit at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial situated above Omaha Beach in Colleville sur Mer, France, June 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

U.S D-Day veteran Frank DeVita pays his respects during a visit at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial situated above Omaha Beach in Colleville sur Mer, France, June 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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British D-Day veteran Richard Llewellyn arrives for a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial situated above Omaha Beach, in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

British D-Day veteran Richard Llewellyn arrives for a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial situated above Omaha Beach, in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

British D-Day veteran Richard Llewellyn arrives for a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial situated above Omaha Beach, in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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U.S. veteran Bill Miller, 96, from Akron, Ohio, of the 4th Infantry Division, who landed on Utah beach on D-Day, poses in front of a Liberty road marker "0" on Utah Beach in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France, June 4. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

U.S. veteran Bill Miller, 96, from Akron, Ohio, of the 4th Infantry Division, who landed on Utah beach on D-Day, poses in front of a Liberty road marker "0" on Utah Beach in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France, June 4. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

U.S. veteran Bill Miller, 96, from Akron, Ohio, of the 4th Infantry Division, who landed on Utah beach on D-Day, poses in front of a Liberty road marker "0" on Utah Beach in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France, June 4. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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D-Day veteran Mervyn Kersh from Britain holds a remembrance cross as he attends a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial situated above Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

D-Day veteran Mervyn Kersh from Britain holds a remembrance cross as he attends a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial situated above Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

D-Day veteran Mervyn Kersh from Britain holds a remembrance cross as he attends a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial situated above Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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History enthusiasts read a map on a vintage jeep during a re-enactment of D-Day landings in front of a pasture in la Chaussee, on the Normandy coast, France, June 4. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

History enthusiasts read a map on a vintage jeep during a re-enactment of D-Day landings in front of a pasture in la Chaussee, on the Normandy coast, France, June 4. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

History enthusiasts read a map on a vintage jeep during a re-enactment of D-Day landings in front of a pasture in la Chaussee, on the Normandy coast, France, June 4. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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D-Day veteran George Shenkle of the U.S. talks with students from France after a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial situated above Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

D-Day veteran George Shenkle of the U.S. talks with students from France after a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial situated above Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

D-Day veteran George Shenkle of the U.S. talks with students from France after a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial situated above Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 4. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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Enthusiasts enjoy a ride on a vintage army vehicle during a re-enactment of D-Day landings in Arromanches, on the Normandy coast, France June 3. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Enthusiasts enjoy a ride on a vintage army vehicle during a re-enactment of D-Day landings in Arromanches, on the Normandy coast, France June 3. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Enthusiasts enjoy a ride on a vintage army vehicle during a re-enactment of D-Day landings in Arromanches, on the Normandy coast, France June 3. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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U.S. veteran Bill Miller, 96, from Akron, Ohio, of the 4th Infantry Division, who landed on Utah beach on June 6, 1944, talks to a history enthusiast at Utah Beach in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France, June 4. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

U.S. veteran Bill Miller, 96, from Akron, Ohio, of the 4th Infantry Division, who landed on Utah beach on June 6, 1944, talks to a history enthusiast at Utah Beach in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France, June 4. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

U.S. veteran Bill Miller, 96, from Akron, Ohio, of the 4th Infantry Division, who landed on Utah beach on June 6, 1944, talks to a history enthusiast at Utah Beach in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France, June 4. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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World War II veteran, Cliff Goodall, 94, from Amsted, North Carolina, of the 7th Naval Beach Battalion and 6th Engineer Special Brigade who landed in Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, poses with a picture of himself in uniform as a young seaman, in Montebourg, France, June 3. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

World War II veteran, Cliff Goodall, 94, from Amsted, North Carolina, of the 7th Naval Beach Battalion and 6th Engineer Special Brigade who landed in Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, poses with a picture of himself in uniform as a young seaman, in...more

World War II veteran, Cliff Goodall, 94, from Amsted, North Carolina, of the 7th Naval Beach Battalion and 6th Engineer Special Brigade who landed in Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, poses with a picture of himself in uniform as a young seaman, in Montebourg, France, June 3. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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World War II veteran, Cliff Goodall, 94 years old from Amsted, North Carolina, of the 7th Naval Beach Battalion and 6th Engineer Special Brigade, is surrounded by school children as he holds a conference in a school in Montebourg, France, June 3. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

World War II veteran, Cliff Goodall, 94 years old from Amsted, North Carolina, of the 7th Naval Beach Battalion and 6th Engineer Special Brigade, is surrounded by school children as he holds a conference in a school in Montebourg, France, June 3....more

World War II veteran, Cliff Goodall, 94 years old from Amsted, North Carolina, of the 7th Naval Beach Battalion and 6th Engineer Special Brigade, is surrounded by school children as he holds a conference in a school in Montebourg, France, June 3. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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History enthusiasts drive a vintage jeep during a re-enactment of D-Day landings in Bayeux, on the Normandy coast, France, June 2. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

History enthusiasts drive a vintage jeep during a re-enactment of D-Day landings in Bayeux, on the Normandy coast, France, June 2. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

History enthusiasts drive a vintage jeep during a re-enactment of D-Day landings in Bayeux, on the Normandy coast, France, June 2. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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Local residents in La Cambe hang up flags during preparations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy landings, France, June 4. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Local residents in La Cambe hang up flags during preparations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy landings, France, June 4. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Local residents in La Cambe hang up flags during preparations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy landings, France, June 4. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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Enthusiasts stand next to the remains of Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches (Gold Beach) during a re-enactment of D-Day landings in Arromanches, on the Normandy coast, France June 3. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Enthusiasts stand next to the remains of Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches (Gold Beach) during a re-enactment of D-Day landings in Arromanches, on the Normandy coast, France June 3. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Enthusiasts stand next to the remains of Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches (Gold Beach) during a re-enactment of D-Day landings in Arromanches, on the Normandy coast, France June 3. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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A man lays flowers on a grave at the La Cambe German war cemetery in Normandy, June 5. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

A man lays flowers on a grave at the La Cambe German war cemetery in Normandy, June 5. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

A man lays flowers on a grave at the La Cambe German war cemetery in Normandy, June 5. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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A man is seen dressed as a World War Two-era American pilot during Daks over Duxford, part of the 75th anniversary of D-Day at Imperial War Museum Duxford, Britain, June 4. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

A man is seen dressed as a World War Two-era American pilot during Daks over Duxford, part of the 75th anniversary of D-Day at Imperial War Museum Duxford, Britain, June 4. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

A man is seen dressed as a World War Two-era American pilot during Daks over Duxford, part of the 75th anniversary of D-Day at Imperial War Museum Duxford, Britain, June 4. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
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U.S. soldier SSG Jeff Beson, 478th CA BN, of Miami, Florida, collects sand at Omaha Beach, in Vierville-sur-Mer, France, June 3. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

U.S. soldier SSG Jeff Beson, 478th CA BN, of Miami, Florida, collects sand at Omaha Beach, in Vierville-sur-Mer, France, June 3. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

U.S. soldier SSG Jeff Beson, 478th CA BN, of Miami, Florida, collects sand at Omaha Beach, in Vierville-sur-Mer, France, June 3. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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