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President Donald Trump will tell those commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day on Thursday that American and allied forces who stormed the beaches of Normandy “won back this ground for civilization.”
Trump is gathering with other world leaders at The Normandy American Cemetery to honor those who died and participated in the battle that turned the course of the war.
In excerpts from the speech he will deliver, Trump will describe the 130,000 service members who participated in the invasion as the “citizens of free and independent nations, united by their duty to their compatriots and to millions yet unborn.”
He will also assure allies that “our bond is unbreakable.”
Trump says of the service members who participated in D-Day that their exceptional might came from an exceptional spirit.
President Donald Trump is joining other world leaders on the beaches of Normandy, France, paying tribute to the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion and the few surviving veterans of the battle that changed the course of World War II.
It is another moment for Trump to praise alliances and military service, on the heels of defending his decision not to serve in Vietnam.
Trump is expected to give a speech while touring the beaches and an American military cemetery in France.
At a moving ceremony Wednesday in Portsmouth, England, from which the 1944 invasion was launched, Trump recited some of the prayer that President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered to a worried nation just getting word of the fighting.