NEW YORK – Three helicopters have showered 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty during a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
Hundreds of history buffs, World War II veterans and active duty military members gathered for the event in New York Harbor on Friday.
The ceremony marked the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.
A French military frigate, the Lafayette, was moored near the statue, which was a gift from France.
Children unfurled two giant flags at the base of the statue: One American, one French. The band then played both countries' national anthems.
The ceremony also included a 21-gun salute to honor veterans of the war.