British veterans were cheered, applauded and told "merci" as they paraded through the streets of Bayeux today.
The city was one of the first to be liberated in France and its people have never forgotten.
ITV News correspondent Paul Davies witnessed the emotion of the veterans' return:
Some of the veterans were moved to tears by the reception they received from locals, many of whom also appeared emotional.
Len Bloomfield, formerly of the Royal Marines, described the occasion as "absolutely fantastic".
"Thank you to the people of Normandy - they are great," he said.
Tom O'Neill, who was a Royal Navy medic during the landings, was back in Normandy for the first time in 70 years.
"It's a very special day," he said, adding: "It's probably the best day of my life."
Another veteran, 91-year-old Ron "Billy" Cotton, who was a second battalion fusilier, said he was determined to come to Bayeux despite spending the past three months bedridden in hospital.
After visiting the Bayeux cemetery where British soldiers are memorialised, Billy was wheeled through the streets where he high-fived children and shook hands with those in the crowd.