D-Day: Veterans and World Leaders Mark 75th Anniversary
Her words were echoed by French President Emmanuel Macron. He told D-Day veterans gathered in northern France that we owe them “our freedom”.
The day of commemorative events began with a lone piper marking the moment the first UK soldiers went ashore.
Donald Trump later told US veterans they were “the pride of the nation”. The US president was at a service at the US war cemetery at Omaha Beach.
Hundreds of veterans gathered in Normandy for the anniversary of the largest combined land, air and naval operation in history.
By night-time on 6 June 1944, about 156,000 Allied troops had landed on Normandy’s beaches, despite challenging weather and fierce German defences. Some had drowned when they were accidentally dropped off too soon in deep waters.
By the end of D-Day, the Allies had established a foothold in France and within 11 months Nazi Germany was defeated and the war was over.
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