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The 70th anniversary of D-Day: Veterans in The News, archival content and a gallery

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American soldiers land on the French coast of Normandy during the D-Day invasion. (Associated Press file photo)

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, the biggest amphibious landing in history and the day about 4,400 members of the Allied forces and about 1,000 Germans died. Ceremonies were held in Normandy today recalling the sacrifices of Allied soldiers.

    Photo gallery: 70th D-Day Anniversary commemoration in Normandy.      

In today's paper, Reporter Lou Michel tells the story of John C. Tiranno, a mere teenager when he was drafted into service from Buffalo’s West Side. Tiranno's story, Michel writes, takes on all the more significance now, symbolizing what many acknowledge was the Greatest Generation.

Each week, Michel profiles area veterans in a feature called "Saluting Our War Heroes." Many of those he's written about served in World War II and were on the ground for D-Day. Read some of their stories:

And from further back, some content from [BN] Chronicles:

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