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Joe Biden during the D-Day commemorations, at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer (Calvados), June 6, 2024.

Loud rounds of applause for the veterans, even earlier than the arrival of the heads of state and authorities to the celebrations of the eightieth anniversary of the touchdown of June 6, 1944. An even hotter welcome for Volodymyr Zelensky obtained together with his spouse by the couple Macron, like an nearly regular visitor, in the course of the Ukrainian warfare. While ready for Joe Biden, everybody was in a position to alternate a couple of phrases, the place the allied troops surged with the purpose of repelling the Nazi occupiers.

Thursday June 6, the worldwide commemoration of D-Day gave rise on the seaside of Omaha Beach, within the city of Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (Calvados), to a celebration marked with solemnity and emotion, made up of fixed backwards and forwards between this painful previous and the heartbreaks of the current.

Imposing warships anchor on the horizon. The safety system – 43,000 brokers deployed – is imposing. The expressway between Caen and the coast has been closed to visitors to keep away from visitors jams and incidents. But the air is spring-like and the ambiance somewhat good-natured.

International commemoration of D-Day on Omaha Beach, in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (Calvados), June 6, 2024.

In the morning, Emmanuel Macron lets his Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, characterize him on the ceremony co-organized with Canada, within the firm of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Before Ohama Beach, the Head of State focuses on tributes to American troopers, with Joe Biden in Colleville-sur-Mer, and British troopers, in Ver-sur-Mer, alongside King Charles III in full uniform . The British sovereign is delighted to “the warmth and generosity offered by the Normans” to veterans, regardless of the Allied bombings which hit cities within the area, resembling Saint-Lô and Caen, with a purpose to weaken the German occupation forces and their response capabilities. In Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, many homes are adorned with Allied colours.

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At every stage of the day, the sacrifice of veterans, coming from completely different allied international locations, beginning with the United States, can also be saluted at size. At Ohama Beach, a youth choir sings The Song of the Partisans, then the European anthem. Actor Lambert Wilson addresses the general public – officers, topped heads and troopers from all international locations, but additionally a crowd of nameless individuals – in French and in English. Different letters from the entrance have come out of oblivion. An American D-Day veteran rereads a letter he despatched on June 7, 1944 to his household, from this French coast the place so lots of his blood brothers died. “Let us be worthy of the courage of those who landed here”underlines Emmanuel Macron, after knighting three American veterans who arrived in June 1944 on this seaside.

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