75th Anniversary of D-Day

June 14, 2019

In the News

Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer in France, near Omaha Beach, where the Americans landed on June 6, 1944.

President Trump and President Macron honored the memory of the American soldiers and their allies who took part in the operation. The day of the invasion, more than 150,000 troops landed on Normandy beaches, most of them American, British, and Canadian. In his remarks, President Macron directly thanked World War II veterans who attend the ceremony for preserving liberty.

D-Day landings along the Normandy coast marked the beginning of the end of Europe’s Nazi occupation and World War II, and set the foundation for the modern transatlantic alliance. During the ceremony, President Trump nodded to the military partnerships between the Allied nations and President Macron called to “never cease to perpetuate the alliance of free people,” citing the creation of the United Nations at the end of the war.

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