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Veterans remember D-Day invasion

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Allied forces stormed the beaches of France 70 years ago. (Source: FOX) Allied forces stormed the beaches of France 70 years ago. (Source: FOX)

NORMANDY, FRANCE (FOX) - Men who stormed Normandy's shore 70 years ago are being honored and thousands are paying tribute to those killed in the D-Day landings in Nazi-occupied France.

The overall Allied casualties were estimated to be between 10,000 and 12,000.

A day of international commemorations is underway paying homage to what many regard as a major turning point in World War II.

People around the world are taking time out to commemorate the historic event.

"People of my generation just find it hard to believe what people of my grandfather's generation did to ensure we could all live in freedom," said British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Hundreds of soldiers from the U.K., United States, Canada and France spent part of the day marking the occasion by parachuting in tandem.

American Jim Martin, 93, was of the participants back then and now. He touched down on Utah Beach, the westernmost of the Allied landing beaches, and the first of the two U.S. landing zones.

Martin says this time around it's a much different experience.

"Oh yes, nobody shooting at me. It's much nicer,'' he said.

Now known as the D-Day Normandy landings, some of the last surviving British veterans remade the trip over to France from England.

It was the largest amphibious operation in history.

"...all hell was let loose and there was thousands of ships took part and we escorted over landing crafts with tanks, rockets and barrage balloons," said Victor Walker, a British Royal Navy veteran.

Several ceremonies are taking place across Normandy, leading up to an international summit on Friday at Ouistreham, a small port that was the site of a strategic battle on D-Day.

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