President Trump, FLOTUS and other world leaders gather to commemorate 75th anniversary of D-Day landings

President Trump, FLOTUS and other world leaders gather to commemorate 75th anniversary of D-Day landings

D-Day saw more than 150,000 Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy in northwest France on June 6, 1944, carried by 7,000 boats. The Battle of Normandy, codenamed Operation Overlord, was a turning point in the war, and helped bring about Nazi Germany’s defeat in May 1945.

President Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and other world leaders gathered Wednesday on the south coast of England to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, honoring the Allied forces who risked and gave their lives in the invasion that helped liberate Europe from Nazi Germany.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US President Donald Trump and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May attend commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in Portsmouth, England, on Wednesday. (AP)

The event, which kicks off two days of D-Day anniversary observances, is intended as a tribute to the troops who shaped history during the dangerous mission to reach beachheads and fight in German-occupied France.

“The Normandy landings 75 years ago were a moment of historic international cooperation,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said. “And it is right that at the heart of today’s commemorations are the veterans who fought to secure the liberty and the peace that we now enjoy.”

President Trump read the prayer recited by WW2 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt over the radio for the American public about the D-Day landings

President @realDonaldTrump & @FLOTUS in Portsmouth as they join Her Majesty The Queen and Allied world leaders in remembering the D-Day heroes.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, sits in-between President Donald Trump and Prince Charles as they attend an event to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Portsmouth, England Wednesday, June 5, 2019.  (AP)

Among those in attendance are presidents, prime ministers and other representatives of the countries that fought alongside Britain in Normandy: the United States, Canada, Australia, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Denmark, France, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Poland.

The leader of the country that was the enemy in 1944, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, is also attending.

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