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The D-Day, Operation Overlord, was the landing of Allied forces in Normandy, France, during World War II. It was the largest amphibious operation ever to take place. The beaches at Normandy are still referred on the maps by their invasion codenames. There are several war cemeteries in the area, the most famous is the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer on the hills near the “Bloody Omaha” beach. In places of tough fights as Pointe du Hoc, Arromanches and Pegasus Bridge memorials and small museums remember the D-Day events. In Sainte-Mère-Église a dummy paratrooper hangs from the church belltower and wartime planes and guns are displayed in the village's Musée Airborne. Today, every year, for some days the villages and the roads are full of the last veterans and younger people, many dressed in camouflage jacket, going around with jeeps, trucks and armored vehicles, looking for the soul of these days, in a celebration between a army’s ritual and a country fair.