Commemorative events held in the Boston area for the 80th anniversary of D-Day.Commemorative events held in the Boston area for the 80th anniversary of D-Day.
Commemorative events held in the Boston area for the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

IN PICTURES: How the Boston area marked the 80th anniversary of D-Day

​Tribute has been paid across the Boston area to those who risked – or, indeed, gave – their lives in the name of freedom on D-Day 80 years ago.

On Thursday (June 6), it was 80 years since the Allied Forces mounted a vast invasion of Nazi-occupied France.

The pivotal event in the Second World War on mainland Europe involved a ground force of more than 130,000 troops, from 13 countries, approaching Normandy in a 5000-vessel armada. Ahead of this, 24,000 paratroopers and glider-borne troops landed behind German lines to provide tactical support.

Over the past week and more, their heroism has been honoured across a range of commemorative events across the area.

This included a service at Boston War Memorial on Thursday, during which George Harwood, a veteran from the operation, was among those to lay a wreath. George served in the Royal Navy and was on one of the landing crafts at Normandy Beach.

Over the past week and more, their heroism has been honoured across a range of commemorative events across the area.

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