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Vets, visitors flock to Normandy to remember D-Day

Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors.

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COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) - Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and stone-walled villages of Normandy this week, including some of the few remaining survivors of the largest sea-borne invasion ever mounted.

World leaders and dignitaries will gather to honor the more than 150,000 American, British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day veterans who risked their lives in the battle to defeat Adolf Hitler.

The U.S. cemetery here on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach is the emotional centerpiece for many visitors honoring the tens of thousands of men killed on D-Day and the ensuing combat.

Veteran Clair Martin, 93, said he's come back to Omaha Beach three times in the last 70 years - "Four if you count the time they were shooting at me."

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