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A World War II veteran listens to speeches at a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration at the 9th Air Force Memorial in Picauville, France, June 5, 2014.

A World War II veteran listens to speeches at a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration at the 9th Air Force Memorial in Picauville, France, June 5, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

A World War II veteran listens to speeches at a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration at the 9th Air Force Memorial in Picauville, France, June 5, 2014.

A World War II veteran listens to speeches at a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration at the 9th Air Force Memorial in Picauville, France, June 5, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Flying the American flag, a parachutist comes in for a landing during an unveiling ceremony at the 9th Air Force monument at Picauville, France, Thursday, June 5, 2014. The ceremony was part of the 70th anniversary of D-Day commemorations.

Flying the American flag, a parachutist comes in for a landing during an unveiling ceremony at the 9th Air Force monument at Picauville, France, Thursday, June 5, 2014. The ceremony was part of the 70th anniversary of D-Day commemorations. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Genine King touches the face of World War II veteran John Gatton at a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration at the 9th Air Force Memorial at Picauville, France, June 5, 2014. King was 14 on D-Day and later helped entertain the troops by dancing.

Genine King touches the face of World War II veteran John Gatton at a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration at the 9th Air Force Memorial at Picauville, France, June 5, 2014. King was 14 on D-Day and later helped entertain the troops by dancing. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

The weather on the 70th anniversary of D-Day was quite different than it was when allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in 1944. On a  sunny morning, a visitor to the D-Day commemorations at Normandy American Cemetery protected herself from the hot June sun.

The weather on the 70th anniversary of D-Day was quite different than it was when allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in 1944. On a sunny morning, a visitor to the D-Day commemorations at Normandy American Cemetery protected herself from the hot June sun. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Soldiers walk Omaha Beach on the anniversary weekend of the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Soldiers walk Omaha Beach on the anniversary weekend of the 70th anniversary of D-Day. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Someone left a message for the veterans of D-Day on Omaha Beach on the anniversary weekend of the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Someone left a message for the veterans of D-Day on Omaha Beach on the anniversary weekend of the 70th anniversary of D-Day. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Dressed in period garb, a participant in a ceremony celebrating the nurses of World War II at Ste-Laurent-sur-Mer, France, sniffs a rose as a fellow participant watches. The roses were later placed in the water off Omaha Beach in remembrance of the women who served during the D-Day invasions.

Dressed in period garb, a participant in a ceremony celebrating the nurses of World War II at Ste-Laurent-sur-Mer, France, sniffs a rose as a fellow participant watches. The roses were later placed in the water off Omaha Beach in remembrance of the women who served during the D-Day invasions. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Roses lie in sand at Omaha Beach in Ste-Laurent-sur-Mer, France, to remember the women who served during the D-Day invasions.

Roses lie in sand at Omaha Beach in Ste-Laurent-sur-Mer, France, to remember the women who served during the D-Day invasions. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

C-130s fly in formation near Pointe du Hoc, France, June 7, 2014, during a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration.

C-130s fly in formation near Pointe du Hoc, France, June 7, 2014, during a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Soldiers with the Ranger Regiment present arms during a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration celebrating the regiment's achievements at Pointe du Hoc, France, June 7, 2014.

Soldiers with the Ranger Regiment present arms during a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration celebrating the regiment's achievements at Pointe du Hoc, France, June 7, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Spectators sit along a bridge in Cauquigny, France, to watch a parachute drop commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 8, 2014.

Spectators sit along a bridge in Cauquigny, France, to watch a parachute drop commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 8, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Members of the U.S. Army Europe Band are reflected in Sgt. 1st Class Tony Reosti' tuba as they play before a parachute drop marking the 70th anniversary of a D-Day  parachute drop near Cauquigny, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Members of the U.S. Army Europe Band are reflected in Sgt. 1st Class Tony Reosti' tuba as they play before a parachute drop marking the 70th anniversary of a D-Day parachute drop near Cauquigny, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Paratroops watch after jumping in Cauquigny, France, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 8, 2014.

Paratroops watch after jumping in Cauquigny, France, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 8, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

More than 600 international paratroops including more than 400 Americans jump in Cauquigny, France, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 8, 2014.

More than 600 international paratroops including more than 400 Americans jump in Cauquigny, France, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 8, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

World War II  veterans Bud Rice and  Bill Prindible watch as paratroops float down from the sky during a parachute drop to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Both Rice and Prindible were C-47 pilots who flew paratroops during World War II.

World War II veterans Bud Rice and Bill Prindible watch as paratroops float down from the sky during a parachute drop to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Both Rice and Prindible were C-47 pilots who flew paratroops during World War II. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

A C-130 flies over falling paratroops before dropping its own in Cauquigny, France, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 8, 2014.

A C-130 flies over falling paratroops before dropping its own in Cauquigny, France, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 8, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

A paratroop untangles a canopy as he jumps in Cauquigny, France, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 8, 2014.

A paratroop untangles a canopy as he jumps in Cauquigny, France, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 8, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

The streets of Sainte-M?re-?glise are packed during a street festival held Sunday, June 8, 2014, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

The streets of Sainte-M?re-?glise are packed during a street festival held Sunday, June 8, 2014, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

The first marker for the Route of Liberty sits in front of city hall in Sainte-M?re-?glise, France.

The first marker for the Route of Liberty sits in front of city hall in Sainte-M?re-?glise, France. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

The commemoration ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings spanned towns and beaches along a large swath of the French coast.

During the ceremonies, along the beaches and in the towns, veterans were honored and spectators were thrilled and entertained by paratroop jumps, the U.S. Army Europe band and flybys.

Here is a selection of snapshots from and around the many events and commemorations.

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