When D-Day veterans set foot on the Normandy beaches and other World War II sites

they express a mix of joy and sadness. They are pleased to see the French showing gratitude

and kindness to those who landed on June 6, 1944. Sadness at remembering their fallen comrades and the war in Ukraine in Europe.

U.S. D-Day veteran Charles Shay expressed thoughts for his comrades who fell on Omaha Beach 78 years ago.

"I have never forgotten them and I know that their spirits are here," he told The Associated Press.

A 98-year-old Penobscot Native American from Indian Island, Maine, burned sage at Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Shay was a 19-year-old U.S. Army medic when he landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.

It is sad to see war in Europe once again, so many years later. I feel sorry for the people of Ukraine.

I don't know why this war had to occur, but I think humans like to fight, that is all I know," he said.

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