Normandy prepares for 70th D-Day anniversary - FOX Carolina 21

Normandy prepares for 70th D-Day anniversary

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Towns across northern France are preparing for a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944.

More than a dozen heads of state, including German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin, are expected to attend the commemorations.

President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande will host a joint ceremony in Ouistreham.

The town is located near the beaches on which Allied troops launched their invitation of northern Europe on the morning of June 6.

The D-Day landings led to the liberation of Europe and the end of World War II.

More than 9,000 American service personnel are buried at a U.S. cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Hollande will attend a Franco-British ceremony at the Bayeux war cemetery before the main international ceremony.

Members of the British royal family also will visit the Pegasus Bridge, which British troops took the night before the landings to pave the way for the Allied invasion.

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