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June 7, 2014

'Old Ironsides' fires salute to mark D-Day

BOSTON (AP) — The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard have marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Midway.

The USS Constitution, which dates to 1797, left its berth in Boston’s Charlestown Navy Yard yesterday and sailed to Castle Island to fire a 21-gun cannon salute to Fort Independence.

The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment fired ceremonial cannons in return.

The Constitution also fired a 17-gun salute near the U.S. Coast Guard Base prior to returning to Charlestown.

The salutes were made to honor the Allied forces that landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944, in an offensive that liberated western Europe and defeated Germany in World War II, as well as the pivotal battle in the war against the Japanese in the Pacific.

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