Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

'The greatest generation': How UK national newspapers marked the D-Day anniversary

'The greatest generation': How UK national newspapers marked the D-Day anniversary

The D-Day commemorations are among May's last official duties before she steps down as leader of the governing Conservative Party on Friday.

"The heroism, courage and sacrifice of those who lost their lives will never be forgotten."

"It really was one of those moments that I think Donald Trump needed to rise to in order to walk away from this cemetery, walk away from this hallowed ground, and have people back home saying, you know what-no matter what I think about the current President of the United States, he said the right thing at Normandy, he did the right thing at Normandy", said Acosta.

Many will recreate their journey, with less danger and more comfort, by crossing the Channel by ship to Normandy.

May said, "If one day can be said to have determined the fate of generations to come, in France, in Britain, in Europe and the world, that day was the 6th of June, 1944".

'But the wartime generation, my generation, is resilient and I'm delighted to be with you in Portsmouth today.

Tomorrow, June 6, marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the World War II operation in which Allied troops stormed heavily fortified beaches in Nazi-occupied Normandy, France.

"You are the pride of our nation, you are the glory of our republic and we thank you from the bottom of our heart", Trump said, of the "warriors" of an "epic battle" engaged in the ultimate fight of good against evil.

Trump said that on that day -75 years ago- 10,000 men sacrificed their lives not only for their fellow troops and their countries, but for the "survival of liberty". "We must never forget".

Trump spoke in France at the Normandy American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer, near Omaha Beach, where the Americans landed on June 6, 1944. But the Normandy invasion ultimately helped lead to the liberation of Western Europe from the Nazis.

United States troops were also honoured when president Trump, first lady Melania and French president Emmanuel Macron attended the U.S. commemorations at Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer.

The Queen was joined by the Prince of Wales at the commemorative event at Southsea, Portsmouth. Russian Federation was not involved in D-Day but was instrumental in defeating the Nazis on the Eastern Front.

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Security for Wednesday's event was tight with so many world leaders in attendance - most Portsmouth residents watched on large screens outside the cordoned off area.

Trump read a prayer spoken by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944, capping a three-day state visit to Britain where he had lavished praise on the USA ally and said wartime bonds forged the "greatest alliance the world has ever known".

Britain's Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, and Prime Minister Theresa May attended a service of remembrance at the medieval cathedral in Bayeux, the first Normandy town liberated by Allied troops after D-Day.

The Allies had code names for everything, and "D-Day" was commonly used to signal the first day of a secret attack.

He wrote: "Although I would give anything to be back with you, I have not yet had any wish at all to back down from the job we have to do".

Later he'll sit for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron before departing for his golf course in Ireland, where he is spending two nights.

French President Emmanuel Macron attends a ceremony at the Caen prison to pay tribute to French resistants.

Trump, who withdrew the USA from the nuclear deal a year ago, said the sanctions his administration imposed on the Islamic Republic have crippled the country's economy. "I want France to be free and the French to be happy".

The ceremony ended with singer Sheridan Smith performing the wartime hit We'll Meet Again, as numerous elderly assembled veterans sang along.

"What happened to me is not important", he added.

He said: 'I found it to be a very fantastic period of time, especially having spent so much time with the Queen, who I think is an incredible lady. "I've been doing some research - I think I've figured it out", he said.

"We all had a part to play - I wasn't nervous - I was apprehensive like everybody else was", said Bert Edwards, recounting his role 75 years ago as an able seaman on the Royal Navy's HMS Bellona. And whatever it takes, we will always stand together.

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