To mark 75 years since the D-Day invasion, parachutists jumped from C-47 transporters in World War II colors and other aircraft, aiming for fields of wild flowers on the outskirts of Carentan, one of the early objectives for Allied troops.
A 97-year-old USA veteran parachuted into Normandy on Wednesday - 75 years after he made the same journey on D-Day.
"It went ideal, flawless jump", Rice said.
Asked how his D-Day comrades would have felt about him jumping, Rice said, "They would love it". He said it was dark in 1944 when he hit the ground in hostile territory and he can't be sure exactly where he was.
"I represent a whole generation", Rice said.More news: Australia warns Sri Lankans of tough policy on illegal asylum seekers
Jumping in tandem with another parachuter, thankfully the experience today (Wednesday 5 June) was much happier for Rice, who served with the 101st Airbone.
Rice worked with a physical trainer for six months to prepare for his jump on Wednesday.
"I feel like I got to jump with my grandpa", Schaefer said afterwards. "It bothers us all the time for what we did".
Only after beating back the Germans in Russian Federation, did Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower feel comfortable launching the D-Day invasion, Ms. Zakharova said. "You can close the issue now".
"According to historians, the Normandy landing did not fundamentally influence the result of World War II", she said.More news: Trump walks back comments on United Kingdom health care and Meghan Markle
Dozens of world leaders including US President Donald Trump attended, while President Vladimir Putin - who attended 70th-anniversary celebrations five years ago - hosted Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Moscow.
D-Day saw more than 150,000 Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy in northwest France on June 6, 1944, carried by 7,000 boats.
Of the 235 men who took on the cliffs in 1944, only 90 were fit for battle two days later. The Normandy landings are considered a pivotal turning point for the Allies' eventual victory in WWII.
The ceremony brought together presidents, prime ministers and other representatives of the countries that fought alongside Britain in Normandy: New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Australia, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Denmark, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway and Poland.
World leaders including United States president Donald Trump, French president Emmanuel Macron and United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May attended a ceremony to honour the more than 10,000 Allied troops who were killed or injured in the offensive.More news: Trump London trip hits: Darcy cartoon
The veteran landed in a field outside of Carentan, around where he landed 75 years ago.