D-Day: 70 years on

Arlette Gondree of the Pegasus Bridge Cafe greets Bill Bray (left) and John Woodthorpe (right) as Normandy veterans arrive at Pegasus Bridge near Ouistreham, France, as veterans prepare to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings during World War II. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 5, 2014. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Arlette Gondree of the Pegasus Bridge Cafe greets Bill Bray (left) and John Woodthorpe (right) as Normandy veterans arrive at Pegasus Bridge near Ouistreham, France, as veterans prepare to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings during World War II. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 5, 2014. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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Hundreds of Second World War veterans have begun commemorations to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, with many crossing the Channel for what may be the last time.

More than 650 servicemen, most aged in their 80s and 90s, have travelled to northern France for two days of official ceremonies marking D-Day and the start of the liberation of Europe from Nazi rule.

The Prince of Wales, accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall, laid a wreath at Pegasus Bridge in Ranville, where British soldiers began the invasion after landing in gliders at 00.16am on June 6, 1944.

 

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