On June, 6th, 1944, over 150,000 allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy with the hope of putting an end to the Nazi regime that had plagued most of Europe. President Trump along with French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remembered D-Day on its 75th anniversary.
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Trump gave a moving speech at Normandy’s American Cemetery in France by acknowledging that the veterans that gave the ultimate sacrifice “are among the very greatest Americans who will ever live.”
“We are gathered here on Freedom’s Altar. On these shores, on these bluffs, on this day 75 years ago, ten thousand men shed their blood-and thousands sacrificed their lives-for their brothers, for their countries, and for the survival of liberty,” Trump said in the speech. “Today, we remember those who fell here, and we honor all who fought here. They won back this ground for civilization.”
He added: “The enemy who occupied these heights saw the largest naval armada in history on the horizon. Just a few miles offshore were 7,000 vessels bearing 130,000 warriors. They were the citizens of free and independent nations, united by their duty to their compatriots and to millions yet unborn.”
During his speech, Trump stopped and went over to Russell Pickett, a 94-year-old veteran who is the last known surviving member of Company A, the Daily Mail reported.
“Russell Picket is the last known survivor of the legendary company A,” Trump told the crowds as he embraced Pickett for a hug. “Today, believe it or not, he has returned once more to these shores to be with his comrades. Private Picket, you honor us all with your presence.”
President Trump ended his speech on a high note where he thanked the allied neighboring countries. “To all of our friends and partners – our cherished alliance was forged in the heat of battle, tested in the trials of war, and proven in the blessings of peace. Our bond is unbreakable,” he said.
“The exceptional might came from an exceptional spirit. The abundance of courage came from an abundance of faith. The great deeds of our Army came from the great depths of their love.”
Within a year of the Allied forces making landfall in Normandy, Hitler and his Nazi regime fell. The video below is of Trump hugging the 94-year-old WWII veteran.