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Allies mark 75th anniversary of D-Day landings

75th anniversary of the D-Day operation that helped bring World War Two to an end.

Allies mark 75th anniversary of D-Day landings

Trump, Macron honour D-Day veterans who fought through "fires of hell"

FRANCE will never forget the sacrifice of the Allied troops who liberated it from Nazi Germany, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, the 75th anniversary of the D-Day operation that helped bring World War Two to an end.

US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May joined Macron at separate ceremonies along a 80km stretch of Normandy coastline, where more than 150,000 soldiers landed on June 6, 1944, under a hail of German fire.

"We know what we owe to you, our veterans: our freedom. On behalf of my country, I want to say 'thank you'," Mr Macron told several dozen American D-Day combatants at a U.S. war cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach, one of five landing spots in Normandy.

"France will never forget."

Mr Macron awarded the Legion d'honneur, France's highest award for merit, to five US veterans and embraced each man warmly.

The Normandy landings were months in the planning and were kept secret from Hitler and his forces despite a huge trans-Atlantic mobilisation of industry and manpower.

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