Nearly 300 US veterans to attend France D-Day anniversary
Published on Feb 13, 2014 6:41 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Nearly 300 American veterans of the World War II D-Day landings plan to attend ceremonies in France this year marking the 70th anniversary of the largest amphibious military operation in history.
Lodging and transport to the beaches of Normandy will be covered by the French government, the country's minister of veterans, Mr Kader Arif, said during a visit to Washington.
"The organisation is starting to be put in place," said Mr Arif a day after United States (US) President Barack Obama hosted French President Francois Hollande at the White House for a lavish state dinner.
Paris wanted to honour the role of the American soldiers who "died on the beaches of France in the name of liberty", he said.
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