Trump wakes up UK visit with D-Day ceremony

Trump attends commemoration of 75th anniversary of D-Day in Portsmouth, UK | ABC News

Trump wakes up UK visit with D-Day ceremony

Heads of State and Government of a number of countries will take part in the celebrations to mark the anniversary of the landing of the Allied Forces in Normandy

US President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II and 300 veterans will gather on the south coast of England on Wednesday for a touching ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy.

Other world leaders will also travel to Portsmouth to attend a British National Ceremony commemorating an event that was one of the turning points of World War II..

Trump, Queen Elizabeth and British Prime Minister Theresa May will be joined by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Donald Trump attends 75th Anniversary Ceremony of Allied Landing in Normandy

US President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II and other world leaders attend celebrations to mark the anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy

The event to mark the anniversary of the departure of the ships on the eve of the disembarkation will also be attended by veterans, the youngest of whom are over 90 today..

This will be the last event on Trump’s three-day state visit to the UK..

Portsmouth was the main dispatch point of soldiers in the largest landing operation in history, when 156,000 American, British, Canadian and other Allied forces landed on the shores of northern France..

The Normandy operation, which began on June 6, 1944, led to the liberation of Europe and contributed to the end of World War II.

In a joint declaration to mark the D-Day anniversary, the 16 countries that will be attending Wednesday’s ceremony reaffirmed their shared responsibility to ensure that the horrors of World War II never happen again..

“For the past 75 years, our countries have stood for peace in Europe and around the world, for democracy, tolerance and the rule of law,” the declaration says..

“Today we reaffirm our commitment to these shared values ​​because they support the stability and prosperity of our countries and peoples. We will work together as allies and friends to protect these freedoms wherever they are threatened, ”the document says..

The declaration states a firm intention to relieve international tension by peaceful means.

“We welcome the living veterans of D Day and honor the memory of those who came before us,” the document says..

This will be the first ceremony in the UK to bring together so many world leaders since the London 2012 Olympic Games..

It is expected to host the prime ministers of Australia, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Poland, as well as the President of Greece, Governor General of New Zealand, Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia and the Ambassador of Denmark.

Trump said on Tuesday that the participants in the Normandy operation stormed the beaches so that their peoples were always sovereign and free..

“Let’s reaffirm our promise to keep the cause they died for,” he said..

After Queen Elizabeth officially says goodbye to Trump, the President of the United States will travel to his golf resort in Ireland, after which he will fly to France, which will also host the Allied Landing Celebrations in Normandy..

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