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PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - MAY 20:  World War II veterans Denys Hunter, 92 (L) and Joe Cattini, 93, (R) laugh as they are photographed after being award France's highest honour, The Legion D'Honneur, in recognition of their part in the liberation of France at the D-Day Museum on May 20, 2016 in Portsmouth, England. The pals, who were both in the 86th Field Regiment of the Hertfordshire Yeomanry Royal Artillery and landed on Gold Beach on D-Day, were reunited by chance for the first time in 70 years in 2014 when they were both heading off to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of the allied landings. The National Order of the Legion of Honour which was established by Napoleon in 1802, is France's highest decoration and is being awarded to surviving British servicemen as a recognition for their efforts on D-Day in June 1944 that helped lead to the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany in WWII.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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World War II veterans Denys Hunter, 92 (L) and Joe Cattini, 93, (R) laugh as they are photographed after being award France’s highest honour, The Legion D’Honneur, in recognition of their part in the liberation of France at the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth, United Kingdom 

Russian cadets attend a commemorative action ahead of the Victory Day...epaselect epa05291755 Russsian WWII veterans lay flowers at the Eternal Fire in the Victory Park Memorial complex at the Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow, Russia, 06 May 2016, on the day of memory of Saint Georges the Victorious, the heavenly patron of Moscow and warriors. Russia will celebrate the 71st anniversary of the victory over the nazi Germany in the World War II on 09 May 2016.  EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

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Russian WWII veterans lay flowers at the Eternal Fire in the Victory Park Memorial complex at the Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow, Russia on the day of memory of Saint Georges the Victorious, the heavenly patron of Moscow and warriors

Bulgarian veterans from World War II  attend a military parade at the Alexander Batemberg Square in Sofia, Bulgaria

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Bulgarian veterans from World War II attend a military parade at the Alexander Batemberg Square in Sofia, Bulgaria to celebrate Day of Bravery commemorations

US World War II veteran Howard Troward salutes as the national anthem is played during a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Allied Forces victory over Japan in the Pacific at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.

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US World War II veteran Howard Troward, wearing his bullet-holed helmet, salutes as the national anthem is played during a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Allied Forces victory over Japan in the Pacific at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.

World War Two veterans attend a congratulatory ceremony on the eve of the Victory Day in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine May 8, 2014. Ukraine, along with Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) states, celebrates victory over Nazi Germany on May 9.

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Second world war veterans attend a ceremony on the eve of Victory Day in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. Ukraine, along with the Commonwealth of Independent States, celebrates victory over Nazi Germany on Friday.

Soviet military veterans take part in the flower laying ceremony at the Soviet-era World War II memorial in the Crimean port of Sevastopol.

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Military veterans take part in the flower-laying ceremony at the Soviet-era second world war memorial in Sevastopol, Crimea. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the departing Nato chief, on Friday said Russian accusations that Nato was violating “red lines” in their bilateral post-cold war agreements were false.

Chinese paramilitary policemen cry as they see off veterans during a farewell ceremony in Taiyuan, Shanxi province.

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Chinese paramilitary policemen cry as they see off veterans during a farewell ceremony in Taiyuan, Shanxi province.

Russian airborne veterans and young cadets march along central St. Petersburg on August 2, 2013, celebrating the Day of Paratroops.

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Airborne veterans and young cadets march in central St Petersburg, Russia, on Friday, to celebrate Paratroopers’ Day

Russia Victory Day

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Russian second world war veterans leave Red Square after the Victory Day parade on Thursday. Vladimir Putin, Russian President, said at the annual military procession that Russia will be a guarantor of world security. Mr Putin’s short speech came at the culmination of Victory Day, marking the defeat of Nazi Germany 68 years ago. It is Russia’s most important secular holiday, honouring the huge military and civilian losses of the second world war and showing off the country’s modern arsenal

Australians Commemorate ANZAC Day

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Members of the Albert Battery shoot a volley of fire during the Anzac dawn service at Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club on Thursday in Gold Coast, Australia. Veterans, dignitaries and members of the public today marked the 98th anniversary of Anzac (Australia New Zealand Army Corps) Day, when allied Australian and New Zealand first world war forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Commemoration events are held across both countries in remembrance of those who fought and died in all wars.