Jim Norene, a WWII veteran in Normandy, Obama's guest, dies
Jim Norene, one of President Obama's honoured guests at the 65th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Normandy died last night in his sleep, one day before appearing with the President to honour his fallen soldiers and help others remember the sacrifice they made.
"Last night, after visiting this cemetery for one last time, he passed away in his sleep," Obama told a solemn crowd of vets stretching farther than most eyes can see. "Jim was gravely ill when he left his home, and he knew that he might not return. But just as he did sixty-five years ago, he came anyway. May he now rest in peace with the boys he once bled with, and may his family always find solace in the heroism he showed here."
Mr. Norene was a member of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne.
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