President Donald Trump honored veterans as he read aloud part of then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s prayer that was delivered ahead of the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944.
The president, joined by U.S. first lady Melania Trump, attended a ceremony in Portsmouth, England at the tail-end of his U.K. state visit.
Trump, along with Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Family members, and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, partook in honoring World War II veterans ahead of D-Day’s 75th anniversary.
Watch the video below:
The Queen, US President Donald Trump, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and members of the Royal Family applaud as D-Day veterans are honoured at the 75th anniversary commemorations in Portsmouth https://t.co/lK79s5hkd0 pic.twitter.com/KPpIjQNC9f
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Trump read from FDR’s prayer made prior to the invasion:
“‘Almighty God, our sons, pride of our nation, this day, have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion and our civilization and to set free a suffering humanity. They will need thy blessings for the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces but we shall return again and again. […] Give us faith in thee, faith in our sons, faith in each other, and faith in our united crusade. Thy will be done, almighty God. Amen.'”
Watch Trump read Roosevelt’s D-Day prayer below:
The Queen of England also delivered remarks during the event, as she said:
“When I attended the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings, some thought it might be the last such even. But the wartime generation, my generation, is resilient and I’m delighted to be with you in Portsmouth today. Seventy-five years ago, hundreds of thousands of young soldiers, sailors, and airmen left these shores in the cause of freedom. In a broadcast to the nation at that time, my father, King George VI, said, ‘What is demanded from us all is something more than courage and endurance. We need a revival of spirit, a new unconquerable resolve.’ That is exactly what those brave men brought to the battle as the fate of the world depended on their success. Many of them would never return. And 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.”
Watch the full event below:
Pres and Mrs Trump meet with US military personnel and veterans after D-Day Anniversary event. pic.twitter.com/Ax9xD7OnKj
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As the president wrapped his state visit, bidding farewell to the Queen of England, he is headed to Ireland, which will mark his first trip to the country as president.