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An American flag is placed in the sand of Omaha Beach, western France, on June 6. / Thibault Camus, AP

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France - President Obama honors the heroes of D-Day Friday during a string of ceremonies on the beaches of Normandy.

After landing in Normandy in the early morning, Obama will first meet World War II and other veterans on the 70th anniversary of the invasion that paved the way for the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany.

Obama them makes remarks at the cemetery above Omaha Beach, which saw some of the bloodiest fighting on June 6, 1944, and where 9,387 Americans are now buried. The speech comes during the 70th French-American Commemoration D-Day Ceremony.

At mid-day, Obama will have lunch with more than a dozen other world leaders in attendance -- including Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been feuding with Obama over activity in Ukraine.

The afternoon brings an international remembrance ceremony at another D-Day landing point, Sword Beach.

The D-Day events cap Obama's four day trip to Europe. He returns to the White House on Friday night.



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