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From left, Bemidji area veterans Tony Nicholson, Ron Nelson and Ed Nelson, with the help of dark-coated officials, raise the American flag at the American Cemetery on the cliff above Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. Not pictured are veterans Bob Montbriand and Arlin Sorheim. More than 10,000 Americans who died as a result of the D-Day invasion are buried in the cemetery. Submitted Photo

Veterans Day: Trip to Omaha Beach provides opportunity to pay respects

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Flanked by the graves of thousands of American soldiers, a group of Bemidji veterans raised the flag that flies on the cliff over Omaha Beach.

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