On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, President Trump paid tribute to the fallen that sacrificed their lives for our freedom and honored the soldiers that survived. Over 60 of those warrior heroes sat behind him in Normandy, France within yards of the same beach that they had stormed 75 years earlier.
As President Trump referred to them as “the pride of our nation and glory of our republic” and spoke about the epic battled they fought, you could see that many of them were instantly taken back to that day. Their eyes saw something that we can’t see and they can’t forget.
While we only read about D-Day in our history books, they lived it and many vividly remember what happened on June 6, 1944, when over 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of coastline in France to fight Nazi Germany.
More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. Each soldier, average age 96, listening to President Trump’s speech may not know all of the stats about the battle, but they know the individual role that they played while fighting for our country.
One veteran said that he lost many friends that day and also lost a part of himself on that beach. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers advance forward and defeat Adolf Hitler’s troops.
No matter the politics that we argue over daily, let’s never forget the men and women that died so that we could live free in the greatest country on Earth. As Americans, we must honor the veterans that still live among us and remember the sacrifice of those that never made it home.
Here’s President Trump’s entire speech at the 75th D-Day Anniversary in Normandy…