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Australia Pm Abbott To Visit France For D-day Event | World - Ge

Abbott said [read] he would join French President Francois Hollande and other heads of government at the British services at the Bayeux Cathedral and Cemetery and the international ceremony at Sword Beach, Ouistreham. "More than 3,000 Australians fought in support of the D-Day landings, 18 were killed," Abbott said in a statement, adding that seven Australian D-Day veterans would accompany him. The commemorations marking a pivotal 24 hours in World War II will this year be attended by Britains Queen Elizabeth II and US President Barack Obama. No effort has been spared to ensure this years ceremonies are a fitting tribute to the 156,000-plus troops who waded or parachuted onto French soil on June 6, 1944, approximately 4,500 of whom were dead by the days end. Abbott said he would also visit the Western Front, fitness where 295,000 Australians served between 1916 and 1918, and 46,000 lost their lives. "I would like to see a greater focus on Australias role on the western front," he said, adding he would visit the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, where Canberra is considering building an interpretive centre, and Pozieres. <br>More:

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