D-Day 75th anniversary marked by Trump and world leaders: Live updates – CNN
Presidents Trump and Macron rose to deliver a round of applause to the veterans seated behind them at the service.
Emmanuel Macron then rose to deliver his speech. He said the troops who carried out the Normandy landings were faced, above all, with “the anxiety of the unknown.”
“The happy days of their youth seemed far away,” he added. “What strikes still, 75 years later, is the unheard-of courage … that strength of the soul” that the troops showed, he said. “France does not forget.”
Macron thanked soldiers of all the countries that took part in the Normandy landings. He listed each Allied nation involved, and praised them for liberating France from Nazi occupation. “I bow down to you today,” he said.
Macron then switched to English for a part of his speech. “On behalf of my nation, I just want to say ‘thank you,'” he said, receiving huge applause from the thousands present.