SH11K073WWIINORMANDY-RS Nov. 9, 2011 -- Olin Pickens, 89, comforts Nadia Martinez, from Barcelona, Spain, as she breaks down into tears after thanking Pickens for his sacrifices while they stand on Juno Beach, the landing site of the Canadian forces on D-Day. Martinez said that seeing the large group of veterans walking across the beach flooded her with emotion because it made all the lives lost on the beaches of Normandy feel even more real to her. Tears and thanks were showered on the vets as they traveled across Europe from grateful citizens who often said they owed their freedom to the men in the group. (SHNS photo by Mike Brown / The Commercial Appeal) (RS) (WWII)

SH11K073WWIINORMANDY-RS Nov. 9, 2011 -- Olin Pickens, 89, comforts Nadia Martinez, from Barcelona, Spain, as she breaks down into tears after thanking Pickens for his sacrifices while they stand on Juno Beach, the landing site of the Canadian forces on D-Day. Martinez said that seeing the large group of veterans walking across the beach flooded her with emotion because it made all the lives lost on the beaches of Normandy feel even more real to her. Tears and thanks were showered on the vets as they traveled across Europe from grateful citizens who often said they owed their freedom to the men in the group. (SHNS photo by Mike Brown / The Commercial Appeal) (RS) (WWII)

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