World Leaders, Veterans Remember D-Day

U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose during a group photo of world leaders for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on Normandy during World War II at Benouville Castle, June 6, 2014.   (Regis Duvignau/AFP/Getty Images)

Nineteen world leaders and more than 1,000 veterans are commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the day Allied troops landed in Normandy, France.

It was the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point that led to the German defeat in World War II.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a few German veterans attended the ceremony as a gesture of European unity. And at the sidelines of a private lunch for world leaders, President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke informally for 10 to 15 minutes, in their first face-to-face meeting since Russia invaded Crimea in a dispute over Ukraine’s tilt towards Europe.

NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson from the ceremonies in Normandy.

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