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SHOWER OF ROSES PETALS OVER STATUE OF LIBERTY MARKS D-DAY

A million red rose petals were showered over the Statue of Liberty yesterday in a spectacular display to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing in Normandy during World War II. 
Dropped from three helicopters, the petals looked tiny against Lady Liberty, a 93-metre colossus rising from an island in New York harbour. 
But the crowds applauded enthusiastically, as tourists and children carefully gathered the petals as they floated down around the statue, a symbol of the United States and of Franco-American friendship. 
In all, 70,000 roses – 1,000 for each year since the epic landing – were used. 
One hundred and thirty French and American schoolchildren unfurled huge French and American flags at the foot of the statue, and sang French and American hymns, in honour of the US forces that stormed ashore June 6, 1944 to help liberate France from Nazi occupation. 
A dozen veterans, all more than 90 years old, also took in the sight, some overcome with emotion. 
“I am not a hero, the heroes are still in Normandy, and France,” said 91-year-old Joseph Chiopolo, a former army medic who remembers the landing on Omaha Beach with horror.

Source: Yahoo News
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