• Secretary of the Army John McHugh speaks to WWII veterans June 3, 2012, including John Perrozi (shaking McHugh's hand), who was an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper on D-Day.  Perozzi received France's highest military medal, the Légion d'Honneur, later in the day during the D-Day commemoration event near Sainte Mere Eglise, France.  Thousands of spectators joined veterans to observe the multi-national airborne operation honoring Allied paratroopers who participated in D-Day and went on to liberate Sainte Mere Eglise.

    68th Anniversary of D-Day - Commemorations in Normandy, France

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh speaks to WWII veterans June 3, 2012, including John Perrozi (shaking McHugh's hand), who was an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper on D-Day. Perozzi received France's highest military medal, the Légion...

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh shares a laugh with WWII veteran Ellan Levitsky-Orkin, 92, during D-Day commemoration events near Sainte Mere Eglise, France, June 3, 2012.  Seated behind McHugh is Levitsky-Orkin's sister, Dorothy Levitsky-Sinner, 95. Both sisters joined the Army during WWII and were among the first contingent of U.S. Army nurses who went directly from the U.S. to France.

    68th Anniversary of D-Day - Commemorations in Normandy, France

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh shares a laugh with WWII veteran Ellan Levitsky-Orkin, 92, during D-Day commemoration events near Sainte Mere Eglise, France, June 3, 2012. Seated behind McHugh is Levitsky-Orkin's sister, Dorothy Levitsky-Sinner, 95...

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012.  McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration ceremonies in both towns, which included parades and wreath-layings to honor all who fought and those who died.

    68th Anniversary of D-Day - Commemorations in Normandy, France

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012. McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration...

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012.  McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration ceremonies in both towns, which included parades and wreath-layings to honor all who fought and those who died.

    68th Anniversary of D-Day - Commemorations in Normandy, France

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012. McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration...

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh lays a wreath at the memorial at Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 3, 2012.  The Normandy American Cemetery is one of 14 permanent American World War II military cemeteries on foreign soil, and is operated by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

    68th Anniversary of D-Day - Commemorations in Normandy, France

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh lays a wreath at the memorial at Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 3, 2012. The Normandy American Cemetery is one of 14 permanent American World War II military cemeteries on foreign soil...

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012.  McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration ceremonies in both towns, which included parades and wreath-layings to honor all who fought and those who died.

    68th Anniversary of D-Day - Commemorations in Normandy, France

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012. McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration...

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012.  McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration ceremonies in both towns, which included parades and wreath-layings to honor all who fought and those who died.

    68th Anniversary of D-Day - Commemorations in Normandy, France

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012. McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration...

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012.  McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration ceremonies in both towns, which included parades and wreath-layings to honor all who fought and those who died.

    68th Anniversary of D-Day - Commemorations in Normandy, France

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012. McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration...

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012.  McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration ceremonies in both towns, which included parades and wreath-layings to honor all who fought and those who died.

    68th Anniversary of D-Day - Commemorations in Normandy, France

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012. McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration...

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012.  McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration ceremonies in both towns, which included parades and wreath-layings to honor all who fought and those who died.

    68th Anniversary of D-Day - Commemorations in Normandy, France

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012. McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration...

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012.  McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration ceremonies in both towns, which included parades and wreath-layings to honor all who fought and those who died.

    68th Anniversary of D-Day - Commemorations in Normandy, France

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012. McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration...

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012.  McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration ceremonies in both towns, which included parades and wreath-layings to honor all who fought and those who died.

    68th Anniversary of D-Day - Commemorations in Normandy, France

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012. McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration...

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012.  McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration ceremonies in both towns, which included parades and wreath-layings to honor all who fought and those who died.

    68th Anniversary of D-Day - Commemorations in Normandy, France

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012. McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration...

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012.  McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration ceremonies in both towns, which included parades and wreath-layings to honor all who fought and those who died.

    68th Anniversary of D-Day - Commemorations in Normandy, France

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh takes part in the 68th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 3-4, 2012. McHugh spoke with WWII veterans and spectators in Sainte Mere Eglise and Carentan, and participated in the official commemoration...

  • Troops from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, participate in an airborne operation to honor Allied paratroopers who participated in the 68th anniversary of D-Day near Sainte Mere Eglise, France, June 3, 2012.  Pictured are Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe; Secretary of the Army John McHugh; and Mr. Marc LeFevre, mayor of Sainte Mere Eglise.

    68th Anniversary of D-Day - Commemorations in Normandy, France

    Troops from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, participate in an airborne operation to honor Allied paratroopers who participated in the 68th anniversary of D-Day near Sainte Mere Eglise, France, June 3, 2012. Pictured are Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, Commanding...

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh speaks to WWII veteran John Perrozi, June 3, 2012, during a commemoration event in honor of the 68th anniversary of D-Day.  Perrozi, who was making his first trip back to France since the war, was an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper on D-Day.  He was awarded France's highest military medal, the Légion d'Honneur, later in the day during a ceremony at the Iron Mike statue near Sainte Mere Eglise, France.

    68th Anniversary of D-Day - Commemorations in Normandy, France

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh speaks to WWII veteran John Perrozi, June 3, 2012, during a commemoration event in honor of the 68th anniversary of D-Day. Perrozi, who was making his first trip back to France since the war, was an 82nd Airborne...

  • During a visit to the visitor center at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 3, 2012, Secretary of the Army John McHugh listens as interpretive guide Geert Van den Bogaert tells the real story of the Niland brothers, the inspiration behind the movie "Saving Private Ryan." Among the 9,387 interred servicemen and women at Normandy, there are 41 sets of brothers, including two of the Niland brothers.

    68th Anniversary of D-Day - Commemorations in Normandy, France

    During a visit to the visitor center at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 3, 2012, Secretary of the Army John McHugh listens as interpretive guide Geert Van den Bogaert tells the real story of the Niland...

Secretary of the Army John McHugh attends D-Day ceremonies in Normandy, France, to commemorate the 68th Anniversary of the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy and the Airborne operation that began the liberation of France during WWII.

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