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French servicemembers march out at the end of the Memorial Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery, Sunday, May 24, 2015.

French servicemembers march out at the end of the Memorial Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (Joshua DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

French servicemembers march out at the end of the Memorial Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery, Sunday, May 24, 2015.

French servicemembers march out at the end of the Memorial Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (Joshua DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Jean Villeret, 92, speaks with other attendees after the Memorial Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Villeret was a member of the French resistance and spent time in a concentration camp after being captured by the Germans.

Jean Villeret, 92, speaks with other attendees after the Memorial Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Villeret was a member of the French resistance and spent time in a concentration camp after being captured by the Germans. (Joshua DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

George Shenkle, 93, signs an autograph after the Memorial Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Shenkle, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, jumped into Normandy on D-Day as well as Operation Market Garden before later being wounded in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge.

George Shenkle, 93, signs an autograph after the Memorial Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Shenkle, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, jumped into Normandy on D-Day as well as Operation Market Garden before later being wounded in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge. (Joshua DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

George Shenkle, 93, speaks with Capt. Jed Wentz, left, of the 2nd Cavalry Regimen,t after the Memorial Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Shenkle, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, jumped into Normandy on D-Day as well as Operation Market Garden before later being wounded in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge.

George Shenkle, 93, speaks with Capt. Jed Wentz, left, of the 2nd Cavalry Regimen,t after the Memorial Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Shenkle, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, jumped into Normandy on D-Day as well as Operation Market Garden before later being wounded in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge. (Joshua DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Lydie and Phillipe Pelcerf lay flowers to pay their respects after the Memorial Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery, Sunday, May 24, 2015.

Lydie and Phillipe Pelcerf lay flowers to pay their respects after the Memorial Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (Joshua DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Spec. James Glore IV with the 102nd Signal Company visits Omaha beach below the Normandy American Cemetery after the Memorial Day ceremony, Sunday, May 24, 2015.

Spec. James Glore IV with the 102nd Signal Company visits Omaha beach below the Normandy American Cemetery after the Memorial Day ceremony, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (Joshua DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Staff Sgt. Brandon and Brittany Fitzgerald reflect on Omaha beach below the Normandy American Cemetery after the Memorial Day ceremony, Sunday, May 24, 2015.

Staff Sgt. Brandon and Brittany Fitzgerald reflect on Omaha beach below the Normandy American Cemetery after the Memorial Day ceremony, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (Joshua DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Visitors view the 1st Infantry Division memorial near the Normandy American Cemetery after the Memorial Day ceremony, Sunday, May 24, 2015.

Visitors view the 1st Infantry Division memorial near the Normandy American Cemetery after the Memorial Day ceremony, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (Joshua DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Hundreds of visitors attended the Memorial Day ceremony on a pleasant, mostly sunny day at the Normandy American Cemetery, Sunday, May 24, 2015.

Patrick Thomines, the mayor of Colleville-sur-Mer, Jean Charbonniaud, prefect of Lower Normandy region, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Randy A. Kee, Director of Strategy and Policy at U.S. European Command, all spoke during the ceremony.

Among those in attendance was George Shenkle, 93, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and veteran of D-day, Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge where he was wounded in the Ardennes.

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