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Canada PM Trudeau visits Juno Beach, site of D-Day landings

Associated Press logo Associated Press 10/04/2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Juno Beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer, France, on Monday, April 10, 2017. In June 1944, thousands of Canadian soldiers stormed ashore at Juno Beach into northern France alongside British and American troops during the invasion of Normandy. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP) © The Associated Press Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Juno Beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer, France, on Monday, April 10, 2017. In June 1944, thousands of Canadian soldiers stormed ashore at Juno Beach into northern France alongside British and American troops during the invasion of Normandy. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

PARIS — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has visited Juno Beach in Normandy, one of Canada's most important World War II sites.

On June 6, 1944, thousands of Canadian troops stormed the beach with British and American soldiers on D-Day's amphibious invasion of the northern French region.

Trudeau arrived with his family Monday and walked along the beach in the sun, as wind blew over French and Canadian flags that stood side-by-side in the sand.

The visit comes a day after more than 20,000 people, most of them Canadians, attended a solemn ceremony at Vimy to commemorate a World War I battle that remains etched on Canada's national identity.

Trudeau's visit to the beach does not coincide with any World War II anniversary.

He also visited the Canadian War Cemetery in Beny-sur-Mer.

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