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First Minister Peter Robinson has attended the 70th D-Day commemorations in Normandy.  He is pictured following a service at Bayeux Cemetry.

First Minister Peter Robinson has attended the 70th D-Day commemorations in Normandy. He is pictured following a service at Bayeux Cemetry.

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First Minister Peter Robinson has attended the 70th D-Day commemorations in Normandy.  He is pictured following a service at Bayeux Cemetry with George Thompson (Royal Navy), Neville Henshaw (Royal Signals) and John Leishman (51st Highland Division). Press Eye

First Minister Peter Robinson has attended the 70th D-Day commemorations in Normandy. He is pictured following a service at Bayeux Cemetry with George Thompson (Royal Navy), Neville Henshaw (Royal Signals) and John Leishman (51st Highland Division). Press Eye

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First Minister Peter Robinson has attended the 70th D-Day commemorations in Normandy.  He is pictured following a service at Bayeux Cemetry.

First Minister Peter Robinson has attended the 70th D-Day commemorations in Normandy. He is pictured following a service at Bayeux Cemetry.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Peter Robinson attended services in Normandy to mark the D-Day landings

Peter Robinson attended services in Normandy to mark the D-Day landings

First Minister Peter Robinson has attended the 70th D-Day commemorations in Normandy. He is pictured following a service at Bayeux Cemetry.

First Minister Peter Robinson has said he is eternally grateful to the men and women from Northern Ireland who played their part in the D-Day landings.

The leader of Stormont's five-party power-sharing administration is attending services in Bayeux Cathedral, Bayeux Cemetery and an international ceremony at Sword Beach on the Normandy coast.

The head of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) said he was deeply honoured to be there for the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe.

He said: "We must never forget the bravery, courage and sacrifice of those thousands of soldiers who fought and for the many who ultimately gave their lives for all of us. It is right that those veterans are central to today's commemorations.

"Northern Ireland provided a staging platform for allied forces prior to the D-Day landings.

"We are all eternally grateful to the men and women of Northern Ireland who played their part in one of the most significant engagements in military history."