The French Will Never Forget organization showered Lady Liberty with one million rose petals on the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday. Two helicopters were used for the visually beautiful ceremony.
"D-Day, [was] the turning point in World War II when 100,000 Allied troops stormed the shores of Normandy, France, to bring an end to Adolf Hitler's expanding grip on Europe," reports My Fox New York. The roses were reportedly a symbolic "thank you" from the French for their freedom.
"The Statue of Liberty holds significance for the United States and France as the massive structure was a gift from the French," further reports My Fox New York. "It's arrival in New York Harbor was supposed to mark the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence but it was late in arriving. Lady Liberty was later dedicated in 1886."
A 21-gun salute honored WWII veterans, as 130 school children held the American and French flags in unity. The nation's anthems were also sung during the special display of gratitude.