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Remembering those who turned the tide toward freedom

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It has been 70 years, and still the world will not forget what happened on the beaches of Normandy, France. This is D-Day, a day in which American servicemen did what seemed impossible. They landed on Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches in what was the largest seaborne invasion in history.

Many died as they hit the shore at Omaha beach. German forces were able to fire from fortified positions on the cliffs as the first waves of soldiers came ashore. The graves of more than nine thousand U.S. servicemen are at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at 
Colleville-sur-Mer.

That is where world leaders gathered again today to pay tribute to those who fought and died in that fateful battle. President Barack Obama said, "we come to remember why America and our allies gave so much for the survival of liberty at this moment of maximum peril." He added that their story should remain "seared into the memory of a future world."

Most of those servicemen who fought on D-Day and survived are now in their 90s. Some traveled, for perhaps the last time,  back to the beaches where as young men they liberated Nazi occupied France and helped turn the tide of the war. President Obama thanked them for their courage to defy every danger.
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