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Commemorating D-Day 70 Years Later
NORMANDY, FRANCE (CBS2/FOX28) - Today, (Friday) marks 70 years since the invasion of Normandy; we know it, as D-day.
The president is taking part in two ceremonies in France, including one on Omaha Beach where the fighting began.
The battle was fought in the summer of 1944 between the allied nations and German forces occupying Western Europe.
About 156,000 American and allied troops fought their way ashore to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany.
Nearly 4,500 sacrificed their lives.
Thursday, parachute artists landed at the historical site to re-enact the airborne invasion that came ahead of the battle from the sea.
And today, hundreds of veterans will gather at the American Cemetery in France to honor their fallen brothers.