Wednesday 5 June 2019 3:01 pm
Trump and Queen mark D-Day sacrifices in Portsmouth
US President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth today joined world leaders today to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Nearly 300 parachutists jumped out of planes over the fields of France earlier today, after having flown over from Cambridgeshire. “The wartime generation – my generation – is resilient, and I am delighted to be with you in Portsmouth today,” the Queen said. “The heroism, courage and sacrifice of those who lost their lives will never be forgotten. It is with humility and pleasure, on behalf of the entire country – indeed the whole free world – that I say to you all: thank you.”
US President Donald Trump read a prayer which then President Franklin D Roosevelt gave in 1944.
“The enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph,” he said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and French President Emmanuel Macron also attended the event.
Over 150,000 troops stormed the beaches of Normandy on 6 June 1944, the largest amphibious attack in world history.
Thousands of paratroopers dropped in behind enemy lines while ships bombarded German positions and soldiers fought on the beaches.
A little under a year later, Berlin fell.