Pilgrimages through the years - D-Day veterans return to Normandy
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D-Day's 75th anniversary will see several veterans of the Normandy landings from Norfolk and Suffolk making the poignant journey to the beaches of Normandy.
Each year, there are fewer making the journey. But the memories are vivid for those who are able to attend, who are now in their 90s.
And younger generations treasure the opportunity to hear their firsthand testimony of what they went through.
Here we have brought together some photos of D-Day veterans making the journey back to the beaches over the last few years.
In 2014, to mark the 70th anniversary, medals were presented to all the veterans attending. There was also a beautiful ceramic poppy field on Arromanches beach.
The visits are always a deeply emotional occasion, as the veterans remember the comrades who fell, and the experiences of all those years ago are recalled.
But there are also lighter moments, such as a few old soldiers taking the opportunity to paddle on Sword Beach, also during the 70th-anniversary visit.
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- 3 Broads pub once visited by Chelsea players shuts for good
- 4 One person rescued after crash on A47
- 5 ‘We need action now’: Flood hit Broads business backs river barrier calls
- 6 Tribute to keen mountain biker who died on ride
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- 9 Body found in woods near Mildenhall
- 10 Ambulance chief: 'I'm sorry.... things will get worse before they get better'
On June 6, the official international ceremony celebrating this major anniversary will take place on one of the landing beaches, with many Allied heads of State attending.