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Donald Trump told WWII veterans on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day that they "are the pride
of our nation"
by Nathan'ette Burdine: June 6, 2019

On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, President Donald Trump stood in front of the final resting place of World War II (WWII) veterans at Normandy American Cemetery in Normandy, France, where he told the 170 veterans in attendance that they are the heart of the nation whose fight to free the world from tyranny will not be forgotten.

Trump said to the veterans, “You’re 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.”

On June 6, 1944, the Allied forces comprised of the United States (73,000 troops), Britain and Canada (83,000 troops), stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, in what would become the turning point during the war to liberate France and Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control.

D-Day, codenamed Operation Neptune, was a massive military operation which had a total of 160,000 troops and the largest sea invasion in history.

Over 4,000 troops died that day with 2,501 American soldiers being among the dead and 5,000 being injured.

Many of the soldiers who died were young men in their early twenties. William Tymchuk, who is 98-years-old, of the 4th Canadian Armored Division spoke to the Associated Press about the pain of knowing that many of his friends would never have the chance to live and enjoy life as he did.

“I have all kinds of friends buried. They were young. They got
killed. They couldn’t come home. Sorry. They couldn’t even know what life is all about," said Tymchuk.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke about the importance of D-Day and how it helped to ensure that France would be free to determine its own fate: “We know what we owe to you veterans, our freedom. On behalf of my nation, I just want to say thank you.”

Macron showed his and the French people’s thanks by honoring five veterans with France’s highest honor, the National Order of the Legion of Honor.

The National Order of the Legion of Honor was created by Napoleon Bonaparte on May 19, 1802, to honor those who have contributed to the well-being of society either through their military or civil service under the condition that the honoree upholds “liberty and equality.”

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