A Look Back: World War II Commemorations

NBC4 Washington takes a look back on World War II commemorations in preparation for D-Day's 70th Anniversary on Friday.

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A Canadian D-Day veteran wipes his eyes on the beaches of Normandy on the 60th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2004. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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People look at photos of Holocaust survivors displaying their identification tattoos at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum on January 26, 2007. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
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People walk past a wall of photos from the town of Eishishok, located in Lithuania, where the Nazis first began to implement the "Final Solution" at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Visitors flocked to the museum on Jan. 26, 2007, which is Holocaust Remembrance Day. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
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Iwo Jima veteran Ray Raiche of Warwick, Rhode Island, attends a ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of the battle of Iwo Jima on February 19, 2010 at the National Museum of Marine Corps in Triangle, Va. Iwo Jima veterans and their family members participated in the ceremony to honor those who fought in one of the most famous WWII battles. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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First Sergeant Noah Edney stands with a memorial wreath before a World War II Memorial ceremony to pay tribute to World War II veterans of the Pacific on March 11, 2010. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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The sun begins to rise behind the Iwo Jima Memorial on November 10, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Keynote speaker U.S. Army Sergeant Major Raymond Chandler (L) lays a wreath during a ceremony to celebrate V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day) at the National World War II Memorial May 8, 2013. The Friends of the National World War II Memorial Inc. and the National Park Service held the event to mark the 68th anniversary of the Allied Forces' victory in Europe during World War II. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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World War II and Korean War veteran Pete Bolinger of St. Louis County, Missouri, sits by himself as he visits the World War II Memorial October 2, 2013. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Parachutists jump just outside Rainville during D-Day 70 Commemorations on June 5 in Ranville, France. Friday 6th June is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United Kingdom and the United States join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. A series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary are planned for the week with many heads of state travelling to the famous beaches to pay their respects to those who lost their lives. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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88 year old D-Day Veteran Jock Hutton who jumped today just outside Rainville during D-Day 70 Commemorations on June 5 in Ranville, France. Friday 6th June is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United Kingdom and the United States join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. A series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary are planned for the week with many heads of state traveling to the famous beaches to pay their respects to those who lost their lives. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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Volunteer Brian Bookman places a wreath at the foot of the headstone of Air Force Lt. Col. Walter Lee Griswold Jr., in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, December 14, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. Griswold died in February 2006 and had served in World War II, Korean War, and the Vietnam War. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, 'The Old Guard,' place flags at grave sites during the 'Flags-In' ceremony May 24 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. A small American flag was placed one foot in front of more than 220,000 graves in the cemetery to mark the Memorial Day. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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