President Donald Trump and other world leaders are in Normandy to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Here are the latest updates:
Update 7:30 a.m. EDT June 6: Trump and first lady Melania Trump joined French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, to watch a flyover of military aircraft to conclude the ceremony at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer.
The couples also walked through the cemetery and paid tribute to the fallen.
Update 7 a.m. EDT June 6: Trump thanked D-Day veterans in his speech Thursday morning.
“Veterans of the Second World War who join us today, you are among the very greatest Americans who will ever live,” he said before the crowd gathered at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer. “You are the pride of our nation. You are the glory of our republic, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
He then praised soldiers from other Allied nations before telling the stories of American veterans Ray Lambert and Russell Pickett, who were at the ceremony.
“Those who fought here won a future for our nation,” Trump said. “They won the survival of our civilization. And they showed us the way to love, cherish and defend our way of life for many centuries to come.”
Update 6:15 a.m. EDT June 6: French President Emmanuel Macron presented five D-Day veterans from the U.S. with the Legion of Honor. The medal is considered France’s highest honor.
Update 6 a.m. EDT June 6: French President Emmanuel Macron began the ceremony at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer by thanking the soldiers who took part in the D-Day landings.
“We know what we owe to you, veterans: our freedom,” Macron said in English. “On behalf our our nation, I just want to say thank you.”
Original report: Trump, who landed in Caen, France, around 10:30 a.m. local time Thursday, is scheduled to speak at a commemorative ceremony at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, the Guardian reported.
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