June 6, 2014 3:11 PM EDT

For the 70th anniversary of D-Day, world leaders, nearly 1,000 veterans and about 7,000 official guests arrived on the French shore to remember the historic occasion.

From a 93-year-old paratrooper who parachuted into Normandy 70 years ago wanting to try the jump one more time, to Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel chatting before the event, here’s a look at the highlights from the remembrance ceremonies.

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