D-Day veterans honoured 70 years after Normandy landings

Heroes of the liberation of Europe were joined by world leaders as tens of thousands of people remembered the courage and sacrifices of servicemen on the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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World leaders honour veterans of D-day 70 years on

Both Queen and President reached out and shook the hands of heroes as wartime allies came together and reached back into seventy years of history.

Sharing in that history, Prince William and Kate, helping to turn a day the veterans had been looking forward to, into one they and their families will never forget

ITV News Europe Editor James mates reports:

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Petals dropped on Statue of Liberty in D-Day tribute

Rose petals dropped by helicopters fall around the Statue of Liberty in New York today. Credit: Reuters

Helicopters dropped one million rose petals on New York's Statue of Liberty today in tribute to the sacrifice made by American soldiers on D-Day 70 years ago.

The display was organised by the group The French Will Never Forget with backing from the French authorities.

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Afghanistan soldier recreates D-Day snap of grandpa

A British Major serving in Afghanistan has helped recreate an image of his grandfather taken after the D-Day landings in Normandy.

Major Ed O'Brien of the Scots Dragoon Guards is the grandson of Roderick Norris, who commanded a tank unit during the Allied campaign to liberate occupied France.

The British Army tweeted a 'then and now' shot of the scene, with the modern version showing Major O'Brien alongside a US Army vehicle in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

In an article on the Army's Facebook page, Major O'Brien recalls touring Normandy with his grandfather decades after the original landings.

"It was fascinating going round and seeing, you know we were literally driving through villages, and he went 'I remember this… we came up here… there was a German Panzer at the end of the street'. It was just incredible," he said.

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D-Day Anniversary: Veteran still has bullet that hit him

D-Day veteran Harry Evans Credit: Granada Reports

A D-Day veteran who survived being shot, and still has the bullet to prove it, has paid tribute to the friends he lost and the ‘luck’ that got him home.

Harry Evans was just 18 when he was called up to fight, and turned 20 on the eve of the journey which would stay with him for the rest of his life.

Now a great-great grandfather, the 90-year-old recalls preparing for the trip to Normandy: "We made jokes amongst ourselves," he says, "but in reality we were all scared to death."

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