73rd anniversary of the D-day landings in Normandy

June 6 marks the 73rd anniversary of the D-day landings, which saw 156,000 troops from the Allied countries, including the U.K. and the U.S., join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, France. Many people gather each year in Normandy to mark the anniversary of this landing, a turning point in the World War II battle for Europe. (Getty Images)

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American flag carried on the beach

A man dressed with U.S. 101st Airborne Division military uniforms walks on the beach during commemorations marking the 73th anniversary of D-Day. Many people gather On June 6 each year in Normandy to mark the anniversary of World War II’s D-Day landing. (Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images)

Grave decorated with flags

A grave decorated with American and French flags is seen during commemorations marking the 73th anniversary of D-Day at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. (Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images)

73rd D-day poster

A 73rd D-Day poster is seen during commemorations marking the 73th anniversary of D-Day on June 5 in Hiesville, France. Many people gather each year in Normandy to mark the anniversary of World War II’s D-Day landing on June 6, 1944. (Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images)

Visitors view the graves at Normandy American Cemetery

Visitors view the graves of fallen soldiers at the Normandy American Cemetery, which contains the remains of 9,387 American military dead, most killed during the invasion of Normandy and ensuing military operations in World War II. (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Flags blow in the breeze during commemorations

American and French flags are seen during commemorations marking the 73th anniversary of D-Day, the June 6, 1944, landings of Allied forces in Normandy. (Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images)

101st Airborne honored on beach

Men dressed with U.S. 101st Airborne Division uniforms walk on the beach during commemorations marking the 73th anniversary of D-Day, the June 6, 1944, landings of Allied forces in Normandy. (Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images)

Charles Norman Shay returns to Omaha beach

Charles Norman Shay, 92, a Penobscot tribal elder and a veteran from WWII, returns to Omaha beach for the 73rd anniversary of D-Day. (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A girl looks at the graves of fallen soldiers

A girl looks at the graves of fallen soldiers at the Normandy American Cemetery, which contains the remains of 9,387 American military dead, most killed during the invasion of Normandy and ensuing military operations in World War II.
(Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Family members visit Normandy

It was 73 years ago when Army Medic Edward “Eddie” Morozewicz lost his life on D-Day, as part of the Allied forces landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. (L-R) Kevin Weinpel (great nephew of Eddie), Charles Norman Shay (age 92), a Native American D-Day veteran-soldier, Jason Weinpel (great nephew of Eddie) and Phil Weinpel (nephew of Eddie), walk on Omaha beach, just hours ahead the 73rd anniversary of D-Day.
(Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Historical reenactors attend commemorations of D-Day

Men dressed with U.S. military uniforms attend commemorations marking the 73th anniversary of D-Day in Hiesville, France, on Tuesday. (Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images)

Visitors look at the D-Day landing map

A group of visitors look at the D-Day landing map located at the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer. (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A red rose left by visitors at the Normandy Cemetery

A red rose left by visitors at the graves of fallen soldiers at the Normandy American Cemetery, which contains the remains of 9,387 American military dead, most killed during the invasion of Normandy and ensuing military operations in World War II. (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Omaha Beach today

A general view of Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer during D-Day Festival Normandy 2017. (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Visiting the graves of fallen soldiers

Visitors view the graves of fallen soldiers at the Normandy American Cemetery. (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Charles Norman Shay’s commendations

Charles Norman Shay, 92, a Penobscot tribal elder and a veteran from WWII, returns to Omaha beach for the 73rd anniversary of D-Day. (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Historical reenactors pose on the beach

Men dressed with U.S. 101st Airborne Division uniforms pose on the beach during commemorations marking the 73th anniversary of D-Day, the June 6, 1944, landings of Allied forces in Normandy. (Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images)

101st Airborne reenactors

Men dressed with U.S. 101st Airborne Division uniforms walk on the beach during commemorations marking the 73th anniversary of D-Day, the June 6, 1944, landings of Allied forces in Normandy. (Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images)

French and U.S. flags near the graves of fallen soldiers

French and U.S. flags near the graves of fallen soldiers at the Normandy American Cemetery, which contains the remains of 9,387 American military dead, most killed during the invasion of Normandy and ensuing military operations in World War II. (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Firework celebrations

Fireworks in Arromanches-les-Bains seen from the M4A2 Sherman Tank Monument during D-Day Festival Normandy 2017. (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Girly Swing perform

The French trio Girly Swing, dressed in U.S. Army 1944 uniforms, perform – – during D-Day Festival Normandy 2017. (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Arromanches-les-Bains fireworks

Fireworks in Arromanches-les-Bains seen from the M4A2 Sherman Tank Monument during D-Day Festival Normandy 2017.
(Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)