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Pictures: Sun Dawns on Omaha Beach as World Marks 75 Years Since D-Day

OMAHA BEACH, France (AP) — The five beaches are silent at dawn but forever haunted. As the sun rose Thursday over the Normandy coastline where thousands of men bled and died 75 years ago, a fast-diminishing number of World War II veterans remembered D-Day and hoped the world never forgets the sacrifices made to dismantle Nazi tyranny.

World War II reenactors stand looking out to sea on Omaha Beach, in Normandy, France, at dawn on Thursday, June 6, 2019 during commemorations of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

PHOTOS: World War II Memorial Rings with Names of 9,000 Fallen Heroes on D-Day

The resplendent World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, was filled with the voices of volunteers, lawmakers, and everyday Americans who spent hours reading each of the 9,000 names of those who died during Operation Overlord at Normandy Beach in France on June 6, 1944, and in the following days.

PHOTOS: World War II Memorial Rings with Names of 9,000 Fallen D-Day Heroes

Flashback: American Soldiers in ‘High Spirits’ Ahead of D-Day Landings

ABOARD AN INVASION SHIP (AP) – This story was first published on June 5, 1944, hours before AP journalist Don Whitehead, who became known by his colleagues as “Beachhead Don” landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day with the 1st Infantry Division. The AP is republishing Whitehead’s original report to mark the 75th anniversary of the assault that began the liberation of France and Europe from German occupation, leading to the end of World War II.

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French Priest-Slayers Were Both on Terror Watch List

French authorities have identified the second jihadist involved in the brutal killing of a priest in northern France on Tuesday, acknowledging that they had received a tip-off Friday saying that the man was preparing an imminent attack.

A picture obtained on July 27, 2016 shows Abdel Malik Petitjean, 19, one the two men who stormed into a church on July 26 in the northern French town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during morning mass and cut the throat of a 86-year-old priest at the altar.

Iran Condemns Killings of French Priest, Boy in Syria

Iran’s foreign ministry condemned this week’s killing of a French priest, drawing a parallel with the recent decapitation of a young boy by jihadists in Syria, state media said Thursday.

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