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Thursday, June 5, 2014

70th Anniversary of D-Day

Normandy veteran 90-year-old Pat Churchill is given a kiss by his wife Karin as he poses for a photograph at his home in Witney on March 20, 2014 in Oxfordshire, England. On D-Day, June 6 1944, Pat Churchill was with the 2nd Royal Marines Armoured Support Regiment, which landed on Juno Beach. Asked what his most vivid memory of D-Day was he replied: 'Seeing later at low tide all those sunken craft. There must have been hundreds of them and thinking you poor devils. That is something I will always remember from D-Day.' June 6 2014 will see the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 Allied troops from The United States, The United Kingdom, Canada, Free France and Norway begin the liberation of France which eventually helped led to the defeat of Nazi Germany. A series of commemoration events are being planned in Normandy, but with the youngest participants now at least 88-years-old, it is also expected to be the last memorial pilgrimage to France for many of the surviving veterans.