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A World War II re-enactor waves at an MC-130 as it flies by during a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration at the 9th Air Force Memorial at Picauville, France, June 5, 2014.

A World War II re-enactor waves at an MC-130 as it flies by during a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration at the 9th Air Force Memorial at Picauville, France, June 5, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

A World War II re-enactor waves at an MC-130 as it flies by during a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration at the 9th Air Force Memorial at Picauville, France, June 5, 2014.

A World War II re-enactor waves at an MC-130 as it flies by during a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration at the 9th Air Force Memorial at Picauville, France, June 5, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

A young World War II re-enactor sits behind the wheel of a jeep Thursday, June 5, 2014, during a ceremony to unveil a new memorial to American soldiers who died during the invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

A young World War II re-enactor sits behind the wheel of a jeep Thursday, June 5, 2014, during a ceremony to unveil a new memorial to American soldiers who died during the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

An MC-130 performs a flyby during a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration at the 9th Air Force Memorial at Picauville, France, June 5, 2014.

An MC-130 performs a flyby during a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration at the 9th Air Force Memorial at Picauville, France, June 5, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

A World War II re-enactor poses for a photograph after a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration at the 9th Air Force Memorial at Picauville, France, June 5, 2014.

A World War II re-enactor poses for a photograph after a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration at the 9th Air Force Memorial at Picauville, France, June 5, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

World War II re-enactors take a lunch break in Carantan during the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations in Normandy, France, June 5, 2014.

World War II re-enactors take a lunch break in Carantan during the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations in Normandy, France, June 5, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

World War II re-enactors ride their bikes in the rain during the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations in Normandy, France, June 5, 2014.

World War II re-enactors ride their bikes in the rain during the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations in Normandy, France, June 5, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Re-enactors portraying nurses stand on the steps of a memorial at Omaha Beach in Normandy on Saturday, June 7, 2014. American forces suffered severe casualties at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

Re-enactors portraying nurses stand on the steps of a memorial at Omaha Beach in Normandy on Saturday, June 7, 2014. American forces suffered severe casualties at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Re-enactors portraying nurses stand on the steps of a memorial at Omaha Beach in Normandy on Saturday, June 7, 2014. American forces suffered severe casualties at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

Re-enactors portraying nurses stand on the steps of a memorial at Omaha Beach in Normandy on Saturday, June 7, 2014. American forces suffered severe casualties at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

A young re-enactor is wowed by a vintage plane flying overhead while an older re-enactor speaks with World War II veteran C-47 pilot Edward Tierney near the Omaha Beach memorial in Normandy on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

A young re-enactor is wowed by a vintage plane flying overhead while an older re-enactor speaks with World War II veteran C-47 pilot Edward Tierney near the Omaha Beach memorial in Normandy on Saturday, June 7, 2014. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

World War II re-enactors chat on Omaha Beach in Normandy on Saturday, June 7, 2014, during the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations.

World War II re-enactors chat on Omaha Beach in Normandy on Saturday, June 7, 2014, during the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Re-enactors portraying nurses stand on the steps of a memorial at Omaha Beach in Normandy on Saturday, June 7, 2014. American forces suffered severe casualties at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

Re-enactors portraying nurses stand on the steps of a memorial at Omaha Beach in Normandy on Saturday, June 7, 2014. American forces suffered severe casualties at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

A World War II re-enactor hands an American flag to a young girl during the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations at Omaha Beach June 7, 2014.

A World War II re-enactor hands an American flag to a young girl during the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations at Omaha Beach June 7, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

A World War II jeep decorated with period art was among the hundreds of vehicles that took part in the 2014 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations in Normandy.

A World War II jeep decorated with period art was among the hundreds of vehicles that took part in the 2014 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations in Normandy. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Young World War II re-enactors in a period jeep at Omaha Beach during the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations on June 7, 2014.

Young World War II re-enactors in a period jeep at Omaha Beach during the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations on June 7, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

A World War II-era jeep drives on Omaha Beach during the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations on June 7, 2014.

A World War II-era jeep drives on Omaha Beach during the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations on June 7, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

World War II re-enactors in action near Omaha Beach in Normandy on Saturday, June 7, 2014, during the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations.

World War II re-enactors in action near Omaha Beach in Normandy on Saturday, June 7, 2014, during the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

A World War II re-enactor relaxes Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Pointe-du-Hoc in Normandy, France, where U.S. Army Rangers stormed the cliffs to take out German artillery and seize the high ground  in order to prevent the Nazis from pummeling the American landing beaches of Utah and Omaha.

A World War II re-enactor relaxes Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Pointe-du-Hoc in Normandy, France, where U.S. Army Rangers stormed the cliffs to take out German artillery and seize the high ground in order to prevent the Nazis from pummeling the American landing beaches of Utah and Omaha. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

A World War II-era troop carrier drives through Port en Bessin during the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations on June 7, 2014.

A World War II-era troop carrier drives through Port en Bessin during the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations on June 7, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

A World War II re-enactor rides her bike through Ste.-Mère-Église during the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations June 8, 2014.

A World War II re-enactor rides her bike through Ste.-Mère-Église during the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations June 8, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

A woman dressed in World War II period clothes walks through a crowd during D-Day commemorations in  Ste.-Mère-Église June 8, 2014.

A woman dressed in World War II period clothes walks through a crowd during D-Day commemorations in Ste.-Mère-Église June 8, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Re-enactors play around behind a beer tent on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in Ste.-Mère-Église after a parade of American, French and German soldiers marched into town as part of the 2014 D-Day commemorations in Normandy.

Re-enactors play around behind a beer tent on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in Ste.-Mère-Église after a parade of American, French and German soldiers marched into town as part of the 2014 D-Day commemorations in Normandy. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

Re-enactors stand on the street in Ste.-Mère-Église during a street festival held Sunday, June 8, 2014, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Re-enactors stand on the street in Ste.-Mère-Église during a street festival held Sunday, June 8, 2014, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

A World War II re-enactor rides through the streets of Ste.-Mère-Église  during the ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

A World War II re-enactor rides through the streets of Ste.-Mère-Église during the ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Among all the tourists, dignitaries and veterans who attended the many commemoration ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day were re-enactors.

Dressed in World War II-era uniforms or clothing from the period, re-enactors mingled in the crowds, drove period jeeps through the streets and paid tribute to the veterans who stormed the beaches at Normandy all those years ago.

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