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.
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
US President Donald Trump read the prayer recited by WW2 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt over the radio for the American public about the D-Day landings. https://t.co/lkiOsxxz4V pic.twitter.com/yakJg2NcLg— euronews (@euronews) June 5, 2019
Philip May, @theresa_may, @POTUS & @FLOTUS pose outside No.10 Downing St. on the 2nd day of the American President’s state visit to London, June 4, 2019. Trump is in the UK for 3 days and will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Photo by Hugo Philpott @UPI. pic.twitter.com/fQkjzz98Hs— UPI Photos (@UPIPhotos) June 4, 2019
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.
The Queen, US President Donald Trump, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and members of the Royal Family applaud as D-Day veterans are honoured at the 75th anniversary commemorations in Portsmouth https://t.co/lK79s5hkd0 pic.twitter.com/KPpIjQNC9f— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 5, 2019
‘Think of the great men who would have enriched our society… they’re in the cemetery.’ D-Day veteran Harry Read says he will remember his fallen comrades as he parachutes back into Normandy, 75 years after he did it the first time #DDay75https://t.co/rna87FxxAp pic.twitter.com/A0zHtYBzeC— ITV News (@itvnews) June 5, 2019
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