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june3-bus And Grandcamp was ready to celebrate its liberators. Streamers flying, flags waving, the people of Grandcamp and the surrounding communities wait with Cricqueville Mayor Louis Ledevin and Grandcamp Mayor Jean-Marc Lefranc for their long anticipated guests. At 4:30 p.m., three buses pull up in front of the town's soccer stadium.
june3-lefranc-lomell Eighty-six Ranger veterans and their families climb out to a robust welcome of fond hugs and joyful embraces. Old friendships will be renewed and new ones formed. There are a few tears, too, for the buddies who never made it home from the beaches of Normandy.
june3-lefranc-speech The veterans, their families and their French hosts with whom they will stay during the ceremonies, are officially greeted at a reception inside the soccer stadium. After the speeches and the mandatory group photographs, and toast after toast after toast, an American military band strikes up a few Glen Miller tunes - and the veterans grab their spouses and start to dance.
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