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Veterans bid farewell to D-Day beaches after emotional tributes

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D-Day veterans bade an emotional farewell to the Normandy beaches on Friday after an outpouring of tributes from world leaders for their courage during a battle that liberated Europe from Nazism. 

US President Barack Obama and his French counterpart Francois Hollande participate in the 70th D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, on June 6, 2014

Some 1,800 veterans, the youngest well into their 80s, rubbed shoulders with royalty, presidents and prime ministers as the world marked a historic day on which, in the words of France's leader, "the fate of humanity was played out and decided."

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