People gathered in Regina Friday for a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces stormed the beaches at Normandy in a fight to win back Nazi-occupied France.

Veteran Harold Hague was part of the Normandy invasion, serving aboard a navy minesweeper.

He remembers the magnitude of the forces was almost overwhelming.

"Big ships, small ships and when you see aircraft coming over, there were so many coming over they could block out the sun," he recalled. "That's scary."

There were ceremonies at the Cenotaph in Victoria Park and Government House.

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A wreath-laying at the Cenotaph in Regina's Victoria Park, part of the ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day. (CBC)

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Ceremonies at Government House Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day. (CBC)

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Regina veterans at D-Day 70th anniversary ceremony Friday. (CBC)

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Jeanne Tweten and her son Reg Tweten, both veterans, honour those who serve. (CBC)