June 3 - World War II enthusiasts occupy camps to re-enact daily life of soldiers during the battle of Normandy ahead of 70th anniversary of D-Day landings. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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They come to remember the past.
Ahead of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing enthusiasts have made their way to Normandy to set up camp and show how soldiers lived during the war.
With the youngest survivors of the June 6 landings on the French coastline now in their late 80s, ceremonies recalling the largest sea-borne invasion in history have a special importance for Nicolas Daubresse.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) MEMBER OF THE BELGIAN MILITARY VEHICLE TRUST, NICOLAS DAUBRESSE, SAYING:
"I don't want to forget, I want to show the youth that we shouldn't forget, it is very important what happened here. Those men were my age, even younger than me, they gave their lives for us, so that we can live in peace now, and it is important to come here and to reflect for a moment. That's why we're here, so that they are not forgotten."
A dwindling band of U.S. veterans is set to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day this week, including an international ceremony with 19 world leaders.
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