Thursday, June 6, 2024

World leaders commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day

Veterans and world leaders are gathered in Normandy, France, for the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, marking the invasion that helped turn the tide of World War II, reported The Hill.

President Biden is among the leaders who will commemorate the landing of more than 150,000 Allied troops on June 6, 1944, the largest amphibious invasion in history. They will honor the thousands who died during the assault, alongside the surviving veterans — many of them now more than 100 years old.

Biden will be joined in Normandy by various other leaders for a trip that the White House stressed is in part about strengthening global alliances.

Biden is set to sit down Thursday in Normandy with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for a discussion about U.S. support for Ukraine. He is also set to have an official state visit with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris later in the week.

Other leaders in Normandy for the anniversary include British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Prince William, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The United Kingdom and Canada are expected to hold their own ceremonies and events with veterans to commemorate British and Canadian troops, respectively, and then the leaders will all take part in the official celebration.

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