President Obama visits Normandy and honors vets

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OMAHA BEACH, France (AP) — President Barack Obama is paying tribute to D-Day veterans, including one who visited the Normandy cemetery on the eve of the invasion’s 65th anniversary and then died.

Obama on Saturday remembered Jim Norene, a member of the 101st Airborne who died in his sleep after visiting the American cemetery a day earlier. Obama says Norene was ill when he left his home and knew he might not make it back to the U.S.

Obama says Norene returned to Normandy for the same reason so many visit: to remember the sacrifices that helped turn the tide against the Nazis and win World War II.

Obama also mentioned his grandfather, Stanley Dunham, who arrived at Normandy six weeks after D-Day, and his great-uncle who liberated a Nazi concentration camp.

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