66th D-Day anniversary marked in France

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The 66th anniversary of the D-Day landing has been marked in France with commemorations for the Second World War heroes who died during the conflict.

Veterans and those grateful for their sacrifices yesterday paid tribute to those who fought during the invasion on the beaches of Normandy that is said to have turned the tide of the war.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said Gerald Howarth, a junior defence minister, attended a wreath-laying service at the cathedral in Bayeux, before paying his respects at the British military cemetery.

Among the other commemorations were five hundred paratroopers jumping out over a site near Sainte Mere Eglise, Normandy, in remembrance of the landings on June 6, 1944.

One of those paying tribute included Piper Bill Millin, now 86, braved enemy fire on Sword Beach in Normandy to play “Highland Laddie” on his bagpipes repeatedly to boost morale among the landing troops.

It came after French fund-raisers condemned the British as "mean" after less than ten donated money for a statue honouring Piper Millin, one of one of the few living heroes of D-Day....

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