OMAHA BEACH , France: Several thousand scouts on Saturday celebrated 70 years of peace in Europe at Omaha Beach, one of the Allied landing beaches in France’s northern region of Normandy during World War II. Up to 3,500 people attended the gathering, police said, including around 2,000 scouts hailing mainly from the United States and Europe. “Scouts have a function in society of helping and serving others. And there, we have proof of our role in society and we thank those who, 70 years ago, gave their lives to liberate us,” said French scout Gabrielle Steiblen. Organised by the Transatlantic Council Boy Scouts of America and Normandy body “Planete Bleue… SOS,” the ceremony included the projection of archived images on two huge screens, accompanied by music from the University Choir of Lower Normandy.