The Latest on the 75th anniversary of D-Day (all times local):

3:50 p.m.

Andrew Parker, a 33-year-old sax player from Orange County, California, filled up a plastic bottle with Omaha Beach sand, just as his grandfather did when he landed as an army scout shortly after D-Day in June 1944.

Britain's Prince Harry speaks to Chelsea Pensioners during a visit to the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary whilst attending Founder's Day at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Heathcliff O'Malley/Pool photo via AP)
Britain’s Prince Harry speaks to Chelsea Pensioners during a visit to the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary whilst attending Founder’s Day at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Heathcliff O’Malley/Pool photo via AP)

Edward Parker, who died at age 94 in 2006, packed his sand 75 years ago into a jar of Snuckers jam.

His grandson, who came to Normandy for Thursday’s anniversary to play with the Concordia Wind Orchestra band, said his sand will take pride of place on display next to his grandfather’s once he gets home.

Edward Parker was involved in the Market Garden battle in Holland, but other than that didn’t talk about his war, like many who lived through it.

Britain's Prince Harry speaks to Chelsea Pensioners during a visit to the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary whilst attending Founder's Day at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Heathcliff O'Malley/Pool photo via AP)
Britain’s Prince Harry speaks to Chelsea Pensioners during a visit to the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary whilst attending Founder’s Day at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Heathcliff O’Malley/Pool photo via AP)

Other people also filled bottles and flacons with sand.

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3:45 p.m.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks to his seat after speaking as he takes part in the D-Day 75th Anniversary British International Commemorative Event at Southsea Common in Portsmouth, England, on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks to his seat after speaking as he takes part in the D-Day 75th Anniversary British International Commemorative Event at Southsea Common in Portsmouth, England, on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Britain’s Prince Harry has praised the bravery of D-Day veterans during a meeting with Chelsea Pensioners in London.

Harry said he was “honored” to be in the presence of veterans after meeting with six former servicemen who were involved in the hazardous landing operation on the beaches of Normandy.

“On this 75th anniversary of D-Day, I can comfortably speak for everyone when I say we are honored to be in the presence of six Normandy landing veterans,” Harry said.

Bagpipers lead a procession of British World War II veterans to the Bayeux War Cemetery for a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Bayeux, Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2019. World leaders gathered Thursday in France to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.(AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Bagpipers lead a procession of British World War II veterans to the Bayeux War Cemetery for a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Bayeux, Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2019. World leaders gathered Thursday in France to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.(AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

“To all who are on parade today, I can only say that you are a constant reminder of the great debt we owe those who have served this nation.”

The prince is a former military officer who took part in the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s annual Founder’s Day celebrations.

He wore his peaked cap, Blues and Royals frock coat and carried a sword at the event.

A placard is seen outside a window in front of the Cathedral of Bayeux, Normandy, Thursday June 6, 2019, as part of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Bertrand Guay/ POOL via AP)
A placard is seen outside a window in front of the Cathedral of Bayeux, Normandy, Thursday June 6, 2019, as part of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Bertrand Guay/ POOL via AP)

Harry’s father, Prince Charles, took part in D-Day memorials in France.

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1:05 p.m.

A World War II veteran arrives to the Bayeux War Cemetery for a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Bayeux, Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2019. World leaders gathered Thursday in France to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.(AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A World War II veteran arrives to the Bayeux War Cemetery for a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Bayeux, Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2019. World leaders gathered Thursday in France to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.(AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hailing D-Day fighters who sacrificed their lives 75 years ago on the beaches of Normandy for future generations, “for you and me.”

Speaking Thursday where 14,000 Canadians landed on June 6, 1944, Trudeau said they “took a gamble the world had never seen before.” Thousands never made it home, many killed that very first day of the allied battle against the Nazis for Normandy.

He lauded the resulting world order including the United Nations and NATO that have helped ensure peace since World War II.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron talk after a Franco-British ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day landings at Ver-Sur-Mer, Normandy, Thursday, June 6, 2019.(Philippe Wojazer/Pool via AP)
British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron talk after a Franco-British ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day landings at Ver-Sur-Mer, Normandy, Thursday, June 6, 2019.(Philippe Wojazer/Pool via AP)

He called it “the responsibility of all Canadians to ensure that their story and their sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

Their chests laden with medals, Canadian veterans listened solemnly, overlooking the tall grass and sandy expanse below.

In a bilingual ceremony, young Canadians people recited readings from D-Day fighters, saying “we are eternally grateful.”

US Army soldiers, based in Germany, stand near the American flag prior to a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2019. World leaders are gathered Thursday in France to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
US Army soldiers, based in Germany, stand near the American flag prior to a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2019. World leaders are gathered Thursday in France to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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12:40 p.m.

Commemorations of British sacrifices on D-Day have moved on to Bayeux War Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth World War II cemetery in France.

British veterans arrive at the Bayeux War Cemetery for a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Bayeux, Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
British veterans arrive at the Bayeux War Cemetery for a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Bayeux, Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, spoke before the service to some of the elderly veterans who have travelled to Normandy to mark the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France.

Veterans and dignitaries including Prime Minister Theresa May sang hymns and heard prayers amid the neat rows of gravestones of the cemetery where more than 4,000 British and Commonwealth troops — and several hundred German soldiers — are buried.

Frank Baugh, a 95-year-old Royal Navy veteran who helped ferry 200 British troops across the Channel on D-Day to Sword Beach, told the congregation that “my most abiding memory of that day is of seeing our boys — we’d been talking to them minutes before — cut down with machine-gun fire.”

A woman wearing military medals sits in a chair on a street ahead of a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the Bayeux Cathedral in Bayeux, France, Thursday, June 6, 2019. World leaders are gathering Thursday in France to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A woman wearing military medals sits in a chair on a street ahead of a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the Bayeux Cathedral in Bayeux, France, Thursday, June 6, 2019. World leaders are gathering Thursday in France to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

“We couldn’t get them out, we couldn’t help them. That is my most abiding memory, and I can’t forget it.”

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12:15 p.m.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron attend a Franco-British ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day landings and laying the first stone of a British memorial at Ver-Sur-Mer, Normandy, Thursday, June 6, 2019.(Philippe Wojazer/Pool via AP)
British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron attend a Franco-British ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day landings and laying the first stone of a British memorial at Ver-Sur-Mer, Normandy, Thursday, June 6, 2019.(Philippe Wojazer/Pool via AP)

President Donald Trump is praising the veterans of D-Day, saying they are “among the very greatest Americans who will ever live.”

Trump spoke in France at the Normandy American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer, near Omaha Beach, where the Americans landed on June 6, 1944.

Trump said that on that day —75 years ago— 10,000 men sacrificed their lives not only for their fellow troops and their countries, but for the “survival of liberty.”

World War II reenactors stand 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)
World War II reenactors stand 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)

Trump says the ground the allied forces captured during the invasion “won back this ground for civilization.”

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12 p.m.

World War II reenactors walk along 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)
World War II reenactors walk along 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)

French President Macron has told American D-Day veterans that “France doesn’t forget” their sacrifice for his country’s liberty.

Marking 75 years since the epochal invasion of Normandy, Macron told a gathering of veterans and families of those fallen: “On behalf of my nation I just want to say thank you.”

He said the words in English, and World War II veterans gathered with him at the Normandy American Cemetery stood in applause.

World War II reenactors stand 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)
World War II reenactors stand 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)

U.S. President Donald Trump is also speaking at the ceremony Thursday overlooking Omaha Beach.

Macron also praised the ambition and bravery of the United States, saying “your country is never so great as when it fights for universal values.”

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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)
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)

11:30 a.m.

Thousands of people and a handful of surviving U.S. D-Day veterans are gathering at the Normandy American Cemetery to honor thousands fallen in the pivotal invasion 75 years ago.

Veterans themselves took places on the stage where President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron are to speak, to the sound of wartime American songs and military music.

floral tributes are placed at the National Guard Monument Memorial as members of the USAREUR band plays in the background near Omaha Beach, in Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2019 during commemorations of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
floral tributes are placed at the National Guard Monument Memorial as members of the USAREUR band plays in the background near Omaha Beach, in Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2019 during commemorations of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Veterans’ families, including children, settled in the front rows, while other guests clustered amid the vast expanse of rows of white crosses stretching through carefully trimmed lawns on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach, the plunging view on the Atlantic a reminder of the sacrifices of American soldiers.

About 12,000 people were expected at the ceremony. Macron will award five U.S. veterans the Legion of honor, France’s highest distinction.

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A World War II reenactor looks out over 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)
A World War II reenactor looks out over 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)

10:30 a.m.

Britain’s Prince Charles, his wife Camilla and Prime Minister Theresa May are attending a service of remembrance in Bayeux, the first Normandy town liberated by Allied troops after D-Day.

Veterans and their families have filled the medieval cathedral for the service, which involved British and French clergy, the band of the RAF Regiment and the choir of Hereford Cathedral in England.

World War II reenactors walk down to 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)
World War II reenactors walk down to 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)

Cardinal Marc Ouellet read a message from Pope Francis, saying D-Day was “decisive in the fight against Nazi barbarism” and paying tribute to those who “gave their lives for freedom and peace.”

World leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump are taking part in events across Normandy to mark 75 years since the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France began on June 6, 1944.

British troops entered Bayeux, a few miles inland the next day.

A World War II reenactor stands 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)
A World War II reenactor stands 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)

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9:15 a.m.

The president of France and prime minister of Britain are saying “thank you” to D-Day veterans and those who died in the landmark invasion exactly 75 years ago.

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)
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)

Uniformed veterans in their 90s looked on as British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke Thursday at a ceremony at Ver-Sur-Mer laying the cornerstone of a new memorial that will record the names of thousands of troops under British command who died on D-Day and the ensuing Battle of Normandy.

May said, “If one day can be said to have determined the fate of generations to come, in France, in Britain, in Europe and the world, that day was the 6th of June, 1944.”

To the veterans, she said “the only words we can – thank you.”

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

Macron thanked the veterans and “all those who were killed so that France could become free again.”

The event was among several being held throughout Thursday marking the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion that helped turn the tide of World War II against the Nazis.

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

7:55 a.m.

Many people commemorating D-Day’s 75th anniversary worry that the sacrifices of the pivotal World War II invasion are being forgotten.

And that’s why they gathered at dawn Thursday all along Normandy’s landing beaches, holding flags, staring into the waves or thinking of the first waves of soldiers falling in the hail of German fire on June 6, 1944.

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

Richard Clapp, a 44-year-old former U.S. paratrooper and computer store owner from Julian, North Carolina, says: “If you forget history, it is doomed to repeat itself.”

Mike Connor, a 43-year-old Ford truck maker from Louisville, Kentucky, carried a black-and-white photo in his shoulder pocket of his great-uncle, John Connor, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

Arnold Omitt, a 52-year-old of Mesa, Arizona, described “a sense of appreciation for a whole generation of people who came here and liberated the continent from Nazi tyranny.”

Udo Hartung from Frankfurt, Germany, a World War II reenactor holds the U.S. flag as he stands at dawn on Omaha Beach, in Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2019 during commemorations of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Udo Hartung from Frankfurt, Germany, a World War II reenactor holds the U.S. flag as he stands at dawn on Omaha Beach, in Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2019 during commemorations of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

On Gold Beach, a lone piper played at Mulberry Harbor exactly 75 years after British forces came ashore.

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6:45 a.m.

D-Day veterans and other people are marking exactly 75 years since the invasion of Normandy that helped change the course of World War II.

The sea of mercury blue couldn’t have been more peaceful as the sun rose Thursday over Omaha Beach. About 100 people gathered at dawn on the edge of the waters that ran red here on June 6, 1944, the first of five code-named beaches where Allied forces came ashore to push the Nazis out of France.

American Richard Clapp said it was sobering to admire the “beautiful sunrise” where Allied troops came ashore.

Norwegian Sigrid Flaata drove from Oslo in a 1942 restored jeep to honor the soldiers who died on D-Day. Belgian Filip Van Hecke called his journey a “small effort to pay homage.”