Dear Commons Community,
Commemorations of the 69th annniversary of D-Day are taking place all over Europe but especially in France and the United Kingdom. The American stars-and-stripes were raised in a quiet ceremony at the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach.
Tourists, many from the U.S. and Britain, gathered to witness the flag-raising amid the neat rows of thousands of white marble crosses and stars of David marking the graves of U.S. servicemen and women fallen in the Allied invasion of Normandy that began June 6, 1944.
A full day of ceremonies including fireworks, concerts and marches is planned across Normandy Thursday in honor of the 150,000 troops, mainly US, British and Canadian, who risked or gave their lives in the liberation of German-occupied western Europe during World War II.