World War II veteran Raymond W. Sylvester, 95, who was with the 86th Chemical Mortar Battalion while fighting in France, watches as paratroop veterans drop into Picauville during a ceremony honoring those who fought in the Normandy campaign on the day before the 70th anniversary of D-Day June 5, 2014 in Picauville, France. June 6th marked the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United States and the United Kingdom join forces to launch an attack on the beaches of Normandy.