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5 Ways To Commemorate D-Day Today In LA

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The L.A. Memorial Coliseum torch was lit this morning, in honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. (Photo courtesy of Janice Hahn's office)
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Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, with nations around the world reflecting on the bravery and sacrifice of the Allied troops that stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6th 1944.

D-Day was the largest air and sea invasion in history, with 160,000 troops in combat. And this is likely to be the last major anniversary of D-Day to honor living veterans (who are now aging into their 90's).

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn commemorated the invasion by lighting the torch at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 8 a.m. this morning -- but if you missed that, here are 5 more events in LA to honor the veterans and help to keep their memories alive:

D-DAY SYMPOSIUM

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Lyon Air Museum - 19300 Ike Jones Rd, Santa Ana, CA 92707

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day at Lyon Air Museum from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. The event includes a symposium on D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, and Open Cockpit tours with two of our warbirds.

VETERAN AND HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR TALK

Museum of Tolerance - 9786 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

The Museum of Tolerance will commemorate the day with a program featuring remarks by Walter Bodlander, a Holocaust survivor and Battle of Normandy veteran. The event is set to begin at 11 a.m. and requires an RSVP. But the whole thing will also be live-streamed on facebook.

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BELL TOLLING FOR MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS

St. Monica Catholic Church - 701 California Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

St. Monica Catholic Community in Santa Monica is joining The National Medal of Honor Museum in commemorating the anniversary with a bell tolling at 2 p.m. ET (11am PST), where organizations across the country will toll their bells 13 times to honor the 13 American men who earned the Medal of Honor for their heroic acts.

FRENCH LEGION OF HONOR MEDALS CEREMONY

Bob Hope Patriotic Hall - 1816 S. Figueroa St. Lower Level Los Angeles, CA 90015

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The Los Angeles County Military and Veterans Affairs, the Consulate General of France, the Los Angeles National Cemetery and the American Legion will award Local World War II veterans who served on D-Day with the French Legion of Honor Medal. RSVP to Kpiche@mva.lacounty.gov or JDavis@mva.lacounty.gov

SCREENING OF "THE LONGEST DAY"

Hollywood Post 43 - 2035 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

6 p.m. -11 p.m.: The local chapter of the American Legion (Hollywood Post 43) is hosting a gathering of 100+ veterans and screening "The Longest Day," a 1962 film about D-Day starring John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum & Sean Connery. More info on the event page. Free with RSVP, here.

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