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Last Updated: Friday June 05 2009 07:03 GMT

D-Day memorials in France

Ex-soldier at D-Day ceremony

Maddy at D-Day celebrations

A series of events are taking place in France on Friday to mark one of the most important moments of the World War II - D-Day.

On Saturday it will be 65 years since more than 150,000 troops took part in a military operation which played a huge part in ending the war.

They were trying to defeat the German Army, which had invaded much of Europe.

Parachute drops and fireworks are planned and Prince Charles and Gordon Brown will be at a service on Saturday.

On the evening of 5 June 1944 around 130,000 soldiers from the UK, America and Canada climbed into boats and sailed to France.

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They landed on five beaches in Normandy, France and after fierce fighting took control of areas from the German Army.

Before the boats landed thousands of soldiers parachuted into France to prepare for the invasion.

Early on Friday morning many people parachuteed into France to remember that part of D-Day.

Main events on Saturday

The main memorial events will take place on Saturday, with Prince Charles, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and American President Barack Obama all attending one of them.

They will gather at an American cemetery in Normandy, near one of the beaches where the invasion began.