First Minister Peter Robinson has attended the commemorations for the D-Day landings in Normandy.
He was among the a succession of world leaders at Bayeux cemetery, cathedral – and at Sword beach, where many of the liberation forces first landed.
The Queen also laid a wreath as part of the acts of remembrance.
Mr Robinson said: “We must never forget the bravery, courage and sacrifice of those thousands of soldiers who fought and for the many who ultimately gave their lives for all of us. It is right that those veterans are central to today’s commemorations.
“Northern Ireland provided a staging platform for allied forces prior to the D-Day landings.
“We are all eternally grateful to the men and women of Northern Ireland who played their part in one of the most significant engagements in military history.”