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Return to Normandy 2024: Paying tribute

The first full day in Normandy was largely centered around remembering those that made the ultimate sacrifice in WWII and recognizing the efforts of all U.S. liberators that paved the way to freedom for many.  

To start the day, the WWII Veterans gathered with heavy hearts for a private ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery to pay tribute to the comrades and friends they lost 80 years ago. Veterans also had the opportunity to roam the grounds of the cemetery to visit those that have been laid to rest – answering questions from visitors and telling stories of true heroism. 

After a surprise visit to the Overlord Museum for a brief tank demonstration, the Veterans were greeted with a standing ovation and a roar of cheers at the Freedom Prize Ceremony hosted by Normandy Region leaders in Caen – which invites young people aged 15 to 25 from France and around the world to come together and honor those committed to fighting for freedom.  

The Veterans wrapped the busy and emotional day with a welcome gala dinner hosted by Normandy President Hervé Morin. 

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