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Visitors and cadets from Annapolis U.S. navy academy, Maryland, background, watch a bagpipe band parading at the Colleville American military cemetery, in Colleville sur Mer, western France, Saturday June 6, 2015, as part of the commemoration of the 71st Visitors and cadets from Annapolis U.S. navy academy, Maryland, background, watch a bagpipe band parading at the Colleville American military cemetery, in Colleville sur Mer, western France, Saturday June 6, 2015, as part of the commemoration of the 71st
Tombs at the Colleville American military cemetery, in Colleville sur Mer, western France, Saturday June 6, 2015, on the 71st anniversary of the D-Day landing. D-Day marked the start of a Europe invasion, as many thousands of Allied troops began landing o Tombs at the Colleville American military cemetery, in Colleville sur Mer, western France, Saturday June 6, 2015, on the 71st anniversary of the D-Day landing. D-Day marked the start of a Europe invasion, as many thousands of Allied troops began landing o
Two visitors look out over Omaha Beach from the Colleville American military cemetery, in Colleville sur Mer, western France, Saturday June 6, 2015, on the 71st anniversary of the D-Day landing. The table plaque in foreground sets out visitor information Two visitors look out over Omaha Beach from the Colleville American military cemetery, in Colleville sur Mer, western France, Saturday June 6, 2015, on the 71st anniversary of the D-Day landing. The table plaque in foreground sets out visitor information
A bagpipe band perform duties at the Colleville American military cemetery, in Colleville sur Mer, western France, Saturday June 6, 2015, as part of the commemoration of the 71st anniversary of the D-Day landing. D-Day marked the start of a Europe invasio A bagpipe band perform duties at the Colleville American military cemetery, in Colleville sur Mer, western France, Saturday June 6, 2015, as part of the commemoration of the 71st anniversary of the D-Day landing. D-Day marked the start of a Europe invasio
A visitor carrying a red rose walks among graves at the Colleville American military cemetery, in Colleville sur Mer, western France, Saturday June 6, 2015, on the 71th anniversary of the D-Day landing. D-Day marked the start of a Europe invasion, as many A visitor carrying a red rose walks among graves at the Colleville American military cemetery, in Colleville sur Mer, western France, Saturday June 6, 2015, on the 71th anniversary of the D-Day landing. D-Day marked the start of a Europe invasion, as many

PARIS (AP) — Allied veterans and families of their fallen comrades gathered Saturday at the U.S. cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach to mark the 71st anniversary of the D-Day invasion that helped defeat the Nazis in World War II.

Visitors and cadets from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland watched as a bagpipe band paraded at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, amid the thousands of white marble crosses and Stars of David of servicemen and women who lost their lives during the invasion.

The invasion began shortly after midnight on June 6, 1944, with a perilous airborne operation led by paratroopers of the "Screaming Eagles" 101st Airborne and the 82nd Airborne divisions.

At dawn, thousands of Allied troops leaped out of landing craft to storm the beaches under ferocious German attacks.

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