VIDEO: Bay Area veteran arrives in France for D-Day ceremonies

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A special moment for a Bay Area veteran Thursday morning after he arrived in France in honor of D-Day ceremonies. 

96-year-old veteran Jake Larson from Martinez paid his respects to all the fallen men that lost their lives that day in Normandy. 

The World War II veteran survived the horrors of D-Day 75 years ago. 

A GoFundMe page was created after friends and family found out the Army wouldn’t sponsor a trip because he didn’t get a record for his service. 

“There’s no other view like this, no other view in the world, this is one of the things I appreciate the most, coming here on the 75th anniversary, and just seeing the Eiffel Tower, and coming up onto it, fantastic,” he said. 

Larson says since he was the only living survivor from his unit that stormed the beach that day, this trip is for them. 

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