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Obama returns to U.S. after marking D-Day in Normandy

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama returned to the United States after he joined other World leaders and veterans to pay tribute to soldiers who fell in the liberation of Europe from Nazi German rule, at a series of ceremonies around the Normandy beaches where allied forces landed 70 years ago on June 6, 1944. Flanked by stooped war veterans, some in wheelchairs, Obama earlier joined French President Francois Hollande to commemorate victory and reaffirm U.S-French solidarity before the 9,387 white marble headstones of fallen U.S. soldiers at the Normandy American Cemetery. It will be the last major commemoration for most of the veterans, most of whom are in their late 80s and 90s. Obama said the 50-mile (80 km) stretch of Normandy coastline - where allied soldiers landed under fire on beaches codenamed Omaha, Utah, Gold, Sword and Juno - was a "tiny sliver of sand upon which hung more than the fate of a war, but rather the course of hu

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