The world, including France, has returned to Normandy despite the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

World War II veterans express sadness and joy when they arrive on the Normandy beaches.

On June 6, 1944, the French gestured gratitude to the Allied forces, as they do now during the war in Ukraine.

Charles Shay, a D-Day veteran who was at Omaha Beach 78 years ago, expressed thoughts for his comrades who fell that day.

"I know their spirits are here," he told The Associated Press.

In Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, a 98-year-old Penobscot Native American took part in a sage-burning ceremony.

2,501 of them were Americans. 4,414 Allied soldiers died on that day.

Allied troops landed on Omaha, Utah, Juno, Sword and Gold beaches on D-Day.

9,386 people are buried here who died fighting on D-Day and after.

A visit to the site over the weekend was a first for 82-year-old Dale Thompson.

Thompson wondered what he would have done if he landed at D-Day.