LA CAMBE, France (AP) — Make-believe pilots in faded flight suits. Men in steel helmets, driving lovingly restored jeeps. Women dressed as French resistance fighters or wartime factory workers.

The 75th anniversary on Thursday of the D-Day landings in Normandy saw thousands turn up for the commemorations in World War II-era garb.

For some, playing soldier is harmless fun. For others, there's a more serious message: Keeping alive the memory of June 6, 1944, and the veterans who endured its horrors.

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