On Thursday, President Trump traveled to Normandy, France where he addressed a group of D-Day veterans during an event commemorating the day’s 75th anniversary.
ABC News reports the president told the group of about 60 veterans of the battle and the many more people in attendance: “You are among the very greatest Americans who will ever live. You are the pride of our nation. You are the glory of our republic, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”
“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,” Trump added via the Washington Examiner. “Our bond is unbreakable.”
Here’s more from ABC News:
During his remarks, the president singled out and recognized the contributions of some of the veterans in attendance, retelling their stories and joining the audience in applause for their service.
The president and first lady Melania Trump were joined at the commemoration by French President Emanuel Macron and his wife at the American Cemetery in Normandy, where 9,380 American service members lay in final rest. Marcon offered his country’s heartfelt thanks for the sacrifices of allied partners in liberating France, telling the audience, “France has not forgotten those fighters to whom we owe the right to live in freedom.”
“On behalf of France, I bow down before their bravery, I bow down before their immense sacrifice of those killed and those missing, who died as heroes in Normandy between June and August 1944 and who for many were to rest there for eternity,” said Macron, turning to the remaining veterans and adding: “On behalf of my country, I just want to say, thank you.”
Trump also extended appreciation on behalf of the American people for the French people’s role as caretakers of the American cemetery, with each grave having been adopted by a French family.
“They come from all over France to look over our boys,” Trump said. “Today, America embraces the French people and thanks you for honoring our beloved dead. Thank you.”
Following the ceremony, there was a 21-gun salute from the beach as the two couples walked down to an overlook of Omaha Beach. They observed a moment of silence looking out over the water before the taps was played, and then a show of French and American military jets flew overhead — with the final set of jets leaving red, white and blue streaks in the sky.