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蘑菇影院 PHOTOS: A look at the 80th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy

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Veterans from the U.S., Britain and Canada, more than two dozen heads of state and countless others took to the beaches of Normandy and elsewhere this week to mark the 80th anniversary of the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied France.

In Sannerville, Normandy, spectators turned their eyes skyward as some 400 paratroopers from Britain, Belgium, the United States and Canada participated in a multinational parachute drop.

Casts of veterans sat side-by-side in Sainte-Mere-Eglise during an American Airlines veterans parade 鈥 some sharing stories or shaking hands with passersby, and some perched quietly behind sunglasses with afternoon sunlight beating down from overhead.

U.S. World War II veteran Bud Gahs Jr., center, takes photographs next to comrades John Gleeson, left, and Ray Glansberg, right, during an American Airlines veterans parade in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Normandy, France, Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Daniel Cole)

U.S. World War II veteran Bud Gahs Jr., center, takes photographs next to comrades John Gleeson, left, and Ray Glansberg, right, during an American Airlines veterans parade in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Normandy, France, Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Daniel Cole)

French and U.S. flags lined the blue-and-red walkway the led U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden to the stage for opening ceremonies Thursday alongside France鈥檚 President Emmanuel Macron and first lady Brigitte Macron.

Meanwhile, Britain鈥檚 King Charles III joined Macron at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy, while Queen Camilla and Brigitte Macron laid flowers near the memorial wall.

Reenactors in period clothing gathered in Utah Beach ahead of commemorative ceremonies while soldiers, veterans and others laid wreaths or threw flowers into the water at the shore. Nearby, U.S. joint military service academy choir members clutched horns as they took part in their own ceremony.

International pipers dressed in green and yellow marched their way from Bayeux Cathedral to the Great Vigil at the Commonwealth War Grave Commission鈥檚 Bayeux War Cemetery.

And France鈥檚 Prime Minister Gabriel Attal joined Britain鈥檚 Prince William and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in laying flowers at the Juno Beach Centre near Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy.

Everywhere, flags waved in the breeze and crowds rested in momentary silence.

Young soldiers wave Union Jack flags during a D-Day national commemoration event in Portsmouth, England, Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Kin Cheung, Pool)

Young soldiers wave Union Jack flags during a D-Day national commemoration event in Portsmouth, England, Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Kin Cheung, Pool)

A reenactor, center, stands before a ceremony at Utah Beach near Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy, France, Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Daniel Cole)

A reenactor, center, stands before a ceremony at Utah Beach near Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy, France, Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Daniel Cole)

Christophe Receveur, of France, unfurls an American flag he bought six month ago in Gettysburg, Penn., to mark D-Day, Thursday, June 6, 2024 on Utah Beach, Normandy. (蘑菇影院 Photo/John Leicester)

Christophe Receveur, of France, unfurls an American flag he bought six month ago in Gettysburg, Penn., to mark D-Day, Thursday, June 6, 2024 on Utah Beach, Normandy. (蘑菇影院 Photo/John Leicester)

Britain's King Charles III gestures as he walks with France's President Emmanuel Macron by the memorial wall during the UK national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, held at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, Thursday June 6, 2024. (Eddie Mulholland /Pool Photo via 蘑菇影院)

Britain鈥檚 King Charles III gestures as he walks with France鈥檚 President Emmanuel Macron by the memorial wall during the UK national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, held at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, Thursday June 6, 2024. (Eddie Mulholland /Pool Photo via 蘑菇影院)

Britain's Queen Camilla and Brigitte Macron lay flowers during the UK Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion's commemorative event at the British Normandy Memorial to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, in Ver-Sur-Mer, France, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (Chris Jackson, Pool Photo via 蘑菇影院)
Britain's Queen Camilla and Brigitte Macron lay flowers during the UK Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion's commemorative event at the British Normandy Memorial to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, in Ver-Sur-Mer, France, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (Chris Jackson, Pool Photo via 蘑菇影院)
U.S. President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, his wife Brigitte Macron, walk on stage during ceremonies to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Normandy. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Evan Vucci)
U.S. President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, his wife Brigitte Macron, walk on stage during ceremonies to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Normandy. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Evan Vucci)
U.S. World War II veteran Don Graves is greeted by a young boy during an American Airlines veterans parade in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Normandy, France, Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Daniel Cole)

U.S. World War II veteran Don Graves is greeted by a young boy during an American Airlines veterans parade in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Normandy, France, Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Daniel Cole)

International pipers from France, Germany and the United Kingdom march during a procession from Bayeux Cathedral to the Great Vigil at the Commonwealth War Grave Commission's Bayeux War Cemetery to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, in Normandy, France, Wednesday June 5, 2024. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Alastair Grant)

International pipers from France, Germany and the United Kingdom march during a procession from Bayeux Cathedral to the Great Vigil at the Commonwealth War Grave Commission鈥檚 Bayeux War Cemetery to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, in Normandy, France, Wednesday June 5, 2024. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Alastair Grant)

U.S. WWII veterans attend a commemorative ceremony to mark D-Day 80th anniversary, Thursday, June 6, 2024 at the U.S. cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Daniel Cole, Pool)

U.S. WWII veterans attend a commemorative ceremony to mark D-Day 80th anniversary, Thursday, June 6, 2024 at the U.S. cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Daniel Cole, Pool)

France's Prime Minister Gabriel Attal, left, Britain's Prince William, the Prince of Wales, center, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lay flowers during the Canadian commemorative ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the World War II D-Day landing, at the Juno Beach Centre near Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (Lou Benoist, Pool via 蘑菇影院)
France's Prime Minister Gabriel Attal, left, Britain's Prince William, the Prince of Wales, center, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lay flowers during the Canadian commemorative ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the World War II D-Day landing, at the Juno Beach Centre near Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (Lou Benoist, Pool via 蘑菇影院)
Britain's Queen Camilla receives a white rose from veteran Gilbert Clarke, during the UK Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion's commemorative event at the British Normandy Memorial to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, in Ver-Sur-Mer, France, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (Chris Jackson, Pool Photo via 蘑菇影院)
Britain's Queen Camilla receives a white rose from veteran Gilbert Clarke, during the UK Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion's commemorative event at the British Normandy Memorial to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, in Ver-Sur-Mer, France, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (Chris Jackson, Pool Photo via 蘑菇影院)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets Richard Rohmer, 100, one of the most decorated Canadian veterans, at the Government of Canada ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, at Juno Beach, in Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (Jordan Pettitt, Pool Photo via 蘑菇影院)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets Richard Rohmer, 100, one of the most decorated Canadian veterans, at the Government of Canada ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, at Juno Beach, in Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (Jordan Pettitt, Pool Photo via 蘑菇影院)
King Charles III speaks to a D-Day veteran during a lunch following the UK national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, held at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, Thursday June 6, 2024. (Gareth Fuller, Pool Photo via 蘑菇影院)
King Charles III speaks to a D-Day veteran during a lunch following the UK national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, held at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, Thursday June 6, 2024. (Gareth Fuller, Pool Photo via 蘑菇影院)
American WWII veteran Bill Wall throws roses into the water during a wreath-laying ceremony at Utah Beach, Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at Utah Beach, Normandy. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Jeremias Gonzalez)

American WWII veteran Bill Wall throws roses into the water during a wreath-laying ceremony at Utah Beach, Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at Utah Beach, Normandy. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Jeremias Gonzalez)

Soldiers attend a ceremony at the Danish monument outside of Sainte Marie du Mont, Normandy, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Jeremias Gonzalez)

Soldiers attend a ceremony at the Danish monument outside of Sainte Marie du Mont, Normandy, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Jeremias Gonzalez)

French President Emmanuel Macron and Britain's King Charles III attend the UK's national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of D-Day in Ver-sur-Mer, France, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Alastair Grant)

French President Emmanuel Macron and Britain鈥檚 King Charles III attend the UK鈥檚 national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of D-Day in Ver-sur-Mer, France, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Alastair Grant)

Youth carry the Union Flag during a commemorative ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the World War II D-Day Allied landings in Normandy, at the World War II British Normandy Memorial of Ver-sur-Mer, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (Ludovic Marin/Pool via 蘑菇影院)

Youth carry the Union Flag during a commemorative ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the World War II D-Day Allied landings in Normandy, at the World War II British Normandy Memorial of Ver-sur-Mer, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (Ludovic Marin/Pool via 蘑菇影院)

Members of the U.S. joint military service academy choir take part in a ceremony at Utah Beach near Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy, France, Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Daniel Cole)

Members of the U.S. joint military service academy choir take part in a ceremony at Utah Beach near Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy, France, Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Daniel Cole)

Sun rises over Omaha Beach near Colleville-sur-Mer Normandy, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Sun rises over Omaha Beach near Colleville-sur-Mer Normandy, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

French President Emmanuel Macron gives a speech during an international ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day at Omaha Beach in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2024. World leaders are gathered Thursday in France to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Virginia Mayo)

French President Emmanuel Macron gives a speech during an international ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day at Omaha Beach in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2024. World leaders are gathered Thursday in France to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Virginia Mayo)

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk in the Normandy American Cemetery following a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Normandy. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk in the Normandy American Cemetery following a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Normandy. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Evan Vucci)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife Olena Zelenska arrive at the international ceremony at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2024. Normandy is hosting various events to officially commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings that took place on June 6, 1944. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Viginia Mayo)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife Olena Zelenska arrive at the international ceremony at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2024. Normandy is hosting various events to officially commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings that took place on June 6, 1944. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Viginia Mayo)

United States President Joe Biden, right, and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive at the international ceremony at Omaha Beach, Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Normandy, France. Normandy is hosting various events to officially commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings that took place on June 6, 1944. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

United States President Joe Biden, right, and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive at the international ceremony at Omaha Beach, Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Normandy, France. Normandy is hosting various events to officially commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings that took place on June 6, 1944. (蘑菇影院 Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)