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Cape Breton MP in France for D-Day events

Sydney-Victoria MP Mark Eyking was on a beach in Normandy, France this morning for events marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

Mark Eyking travelling with veterans and their families

A line of flags of the countries that took part in the D-day landings stands on the Normandy coast near Juno Beach, where Canadian troops landed. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the D-day landings. (Ellen Mauro / CBC)

Sydney-Victoria MP Mark Eyking was on a beach in Normandy, France this morning for events marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

He is travelling with veterans and their families on behalf of the Liberal party.

"I was just talking to one veteran," said Eyking. "It was the first time he had a passport. He has not left Canada in 70 years."

On June 6, 1944, more than 24,000 Canadians took part in D-Day, the first step in liberating Europe from Nazi Germany and the beginning of the end of the Second World War.

When the dust settled, more than 350 Canadian soldiers had died. 

"It's pretty emotional," said Eyking. "You see tears in their [the veterans'] eyes because they know their buddies got killed on the beach here."

Eyking said they passed many homes and lawns in France decorated with Canadian flags.