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President Trump praises WWII vets at 75th commemoration of D-Day

Visitors walk near the many crosses at the Normandy American Cemetery on the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied D-Day invasion on June 06, 2019 near Colleville-Sur-Mer, France. Veterans, families, visitors, political leaders and military personnel are gathering in Normandy to commemorate D-Day, which heralded the Allied advance towards Germany and victory about 11 months later. Normandy American Cemetery contains the graves of over 9,600 U.S. soldiers killed on D-Day and in the Battle of Normandy. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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Posted at 4:18 AM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 07:10:27-04

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday lauded the heroism of American and Allied service members who participated in the D-Day invasion that changed the fortunes of World War II, saying they "are among the very greatest Americans who will ever live."

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Trump joined with other world leaders at Normandy American Cemetery in France to honor those who died and participated in the battle.

The president described the 130,000 service members who fought as the "citizens of free and independent nations, united by their duty to their compatriots and to millions yet unborn."

Trump also sought to assure allies, saying: "To all of our friends and partners — our cherished alliance was forged in the heat of battle, tested in the trials of war, and proven in the blessings of peace. Our bond is unbreakable."

He said the abundance of courage showed by D-Day participants came from an abundance of faith.

"The exceptional might came from an exceptional spirit," Trump said.

Trump was joined by French President Emmanuel Macron who told American D-Day veterans that "France doesn't forget" their sacrifice for his country's liberty.

"We know what we owe to you veterans: our freedom," Macron said. "On behalf of my nation, I just want to say, thank you."

Trump told the veterans they were the pride of the U.S.

"You are among the very greatest Americans who will ever live," he said.