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Colleville-sur-mer, France - Trump Tells D-Day Veterans They're Among Greatest Americans

Published on: June 6, 2019 07:47 AM
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President Donald Trump participates in a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the American Normandy cemetery, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)President Donald Trump participates in a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the American Normandy cemetery, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Colleville-sur-mer, France - resident Donald Trump on Thursday lauded the heroism of American and Allied service members who participated in the D-Day invasion that changed the fortunes of World War II, saying they “are among the very greatest Americans who will ever live.”

Trump joined other world leaders at Normandy American Cemetery in France to honor those who died and participated in the battle.

The president described the 130,000 service members who fought as the “citizens of free and independent nations, united by their duty to their compatriots and to millions yet unborn.”

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Trump also sought to assure allies skittish about relying on the U.S. under his tenure, saying: “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 abundance of courage showed by D-Day participants came from an abundance of faith.

“The exceptional might came from an exceptional spirit,” Trump said.

Trump was joined by French President Emmanuel Macron, who told American D-Day veterans that “France doesn’t forget” what they sacrificed for his country’s liberty from Nazi Germany.

“We know what we owe to you veterans: our freedom,” Macron said. “On behalf of my nation, I just want to say, thank you.”

Trump, who participated in D-Day commemoration in Portsmouth, England, on Wednesday, said in France that America’s veterans are the pride of the U.S. He shared the personal stories of several American D-Day veterans with the audience. Many veterans wore military uniforms bedecked with medals.

Following the program and gun salute, Trump, Macron and their wives walked to an overlook above Omaha Beach, the scene of the bloodiest fighting. They stood silently as a bugler played “Taps” and surveyed a map of the invasion. They also watched as fighter jets and other aircraft, including some that left trails of red, white and blue smoke, flew overhead. At the cemetery, Melania Trump placed a bouquet of white flowers at the base of a cross-shaped headstone.

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron, watch a flyover during a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the American Normandy cemetery, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron, watch a flyover during a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the American Normandy cemetery, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump and Macron were traveling separately to Caen, France, for a meeting and lunch before Trump returns to his golf course in Ireland.

At the ceremony, Trump said Americans are drawn to the shores of Normandy “as though it were a part of our very soul.” He noted that many of the men who lost their lives here were fathers who would never meet their infant sons and daughters because they had a job to do.

“They came in wave after wave without question, without hesitation and without complaint,” Trump said.

The cemetery contains grave markers for more than 9,300 American servicemen. Trump noted that each marker has been adopted by a French family and that people come from all over France to “look after our boys.”

“They kneel, they cry, they pray, they place flowers and they never forget,” Trump said. “Today America embraces the French people and thanks you for honoring our beloved war dead.”



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 Jun 06, 2019 at 09:34 AM Anonymous Says:

I watch all the ceremonies re D-Day and I honor those soldiers who stormed Nazi occupation of Europe. However, deep down inside, a little voice says to me: why didn't the Americans bomb the rail lines to the death camps. sorry to spoil the festivities today, but most, and I mean, most of my family were murdered there.

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 Jun 06, 2019 at 10:30 AM Anonymous Says:

The Allied war effort was to end the war as quickly as possible and deztroy the nazi armed forces and state infrastructure. It was not for humanitarian purposes, to save Jews, slave laborers or POWs. Bombing the rail lines and camps would not have saved ine Jewish life. Millions were killed in the fields and cities by the nazi army and their helpers. 20 million Soviet citizens were killed, few in death camps. Maybe if mire able bodied Jewish men joined the resistance and protected their families, more would have been saved...

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 Jun 06, 2019 at 10:52 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I watch all the ceremonies re D-Day and I honor those soldiers who stormed Nazi occupation of Europe. However, deep down inside, a little voice says to me: why didn't the Americans bomb the rail lines to the death camps. sorry to spoil the festivities today, but most, and I mean, most of my family were murdered there.

It wouldn't have made any difference,whether or not the rail lines would have been bombed. The lines could have been rebuilt, or the prisoners would have been killed on the spot. There were instances, whereby railroads taking Jews to death camps were inadvertently attacked by the Allies, as they thought that they were Nazi troop trains. As a result, Jews were killed by friendly fire.

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 Jun 06, 2019 at 11:25 AM Phineas Says:

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Anonymous Says:

The Allied war effort was to end the war as quickly as possible and deztroy the nazi armed forces and state infrastructure. It was not for humanitarian purposes, to save Jews, slave laborers or POWs. Bombing the rail lines and camps would not have saved ine Jewish life. Millions were killed in the fields and cities by the nazi army and their helpers. 20 million Soviet citizens were killed, few in death camps. Maybe if mire able bodied Jewish men joined the resistance and protected their families, more would have been saved...

Did your school have books or did you just watch cartoons.

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 Jun 06, 2019 at 12:44 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

The Allied war effort was to end the war as quickly as possible and deztroy the nazi armed forces and state infrastructure. It was not for humanitarian purposes, to save Jews, slave laborers or POWs. Bombing the rail lines and camps would not have saved ine Jewish life. Millions were killed in the fields and cities by the nazi army and their helpers. 20 million Soviet citizens were killed, few in death camps. Maybe if mire able bodied Jewish men joined the resistance and protected their families, more would have been saved...

'few in death camps' ? are u for real? aushwitz murdered over 1,000,000 jews. that's 'few'. again, are u for real?

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 Jun 06, 2019 at 12:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Do I have to hate the D-day veterans now?
To paraphrase what someone else wrote on Twitter on mother's day "I hope trump doesn't speak about mother's day because then I'll have to come out against it"

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 Jun 06, 2019 at 07:00 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

It wouldn't have made any difference,whether or not the rail lines would have been bombed. The lines could have been rebuilt, or the prisoners would have been killed on the spot. There were instances, whereby railroads taking Jews to death camps were inadvertently attacked by the Allies, as they thought that they were Nazi troop trains. As a result, Jews were killed by friendly fire.

nonsense. without those rail lines, the flow of jewish victims to the death camps would have stopped, even for one day. in one day, they gassed over 2,000 victims, about the same as 2,000 died in 9/11 at world trade towers. they make a big deal about those, what about daily death of 2,000 (at least) jews in those horrible years?

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 Jun 06, 2019 at 04:41 PM To Phinny' Says:

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Phineas Says:

Did your school have books or did you just watch cartoons.

What's your point? Did you read my post, or in your ghetto you didn't learn Englit? And to stupefied #4 very few Russians civilians were killed in Aushwitz or other camps. Jews from Poland, the Balkans and France but not Russia. Try picking up a book about the War.

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 Jun 07, 2019 at 05:58 PM Haimov Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I watch all the ceremonies re D-Day and I honor those soldiers who stormed Nazi occupation of Europe. However, deep down inside, a little voice says to me: why didn't the Americans bomb the rail lines to the death camps. sorry to spoil the festivities today, but most, and I mean, most of my family were murdered there.

Why after the war germans nazis were allowed to come to the USA and jews not???

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