Seventy-five years after the Allied troops invaded the coast of Normandy, gaining victory and causing a turning point in World War II, those service members are continuing to be praised for their sacrifices.
Ahead of President Donald Trump’s D-Day commemoration in Normandy, he shared a touching tribute to “some of the bravest that ever lived.”
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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2019
President Trump, @FLOTUS Melania Trump, French President Macron, and First Lady of France Brigitte Macron walk through the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. #DDay75thAnniversary https://t.co/IMMsm0nG24 pic.twitter.com/OaNHPKQ87l
— The Hill (@thehill) June 6, 2019
“Today, we remember those who fell, and we honor all who fought right here in Normandy,” Trump said. “They won back this ground for civilization.”
In front of over 170 WWII veterans, including over 60 D-Day veterans, during Thursday’s commemoration, the president said:
“You are among the very greatest Americans who will ever live. You’re the pride of our nation. You are the glory of our republic. And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
“Our debt to you is everlasting,” he added. “Today, we express our undying gratitude.”
One of those specifically honored by Trump is Ray Lambert, 98 — who was a 23-year-old Army medic during the time of war and was later rewarded the three Purple Hearts and two Silver Stars.
“Again and again, Ray ran back into the water,” Trump said, describing Lambert’s experience during D-Day. “He dragged out one man after another. … He had been on the beach for hours, bleeding and saving lives, when he finally lost consciousness.”
“Ray, the free world salutes you,” the president said.
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Trump honors WWII Veteran Ray Lambert, who was injured during D-Day.
"Again and again, Ray ran back into the water and dragged out one man after another."
Lambert was shot in the arm and his back was broken, but survived.
"Ray, the entire free world salutes you," Trump said pic.twitter.com/JbolhhHWd5
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 6, 2019
“These men ran through the fires of hell moved by a force no weapon could destroy: the fierce patriotism of a free, proud, and sovereign people. They battled not for control and domination, but for liberty, democracy, and self-rule.”
Trump told the veterans that their “example will never, ever grow old,” adding that their “legend will never tire.”
“Those who fought here won a future for our nation. They won the survival of our civilization. And they showed us the way to love, cherish, and defend our way of life for many centuries to come.”
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"Those who fought here won a future for a nation … they showed us the way to love, cherish and defend our way of life for many centuries to come." pic.twitter.com/sCHFI2BN8Q
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 6, 2019
In his concluding remarks, the president vowed that “our nations will forever be strong and united.”
“May God bless our great veterans. May God bless our Allies. May God bless the heroes of D-Day. And may God bless America.”
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Trump is among other Republican leaders who offered praise to the veterans “who so bravely fought for our freedoms” during the Normandy landings.
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Traveling to Bedford, VA tomorrow in honor of the historic 75th Anniversary of D-Day. The town of Bedford paid an enormous price on D-Day, like small towns across America. I look forward to honoring these men who so bravely fought for our freedoms! #DDay75
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) June 5, 2019
Today we honor the heroes of the greatest generation who bravely risked their lives 75 years ago on the beaches of Normandy to preserve freedom throughout the world. #DDay75 #DDay75thAnniversary pic.twitter.com/DzIHBaDn2u
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 6, 2019
June 6th is a day that will forever be etched in our memory. 75 years ago today, our service members stormed the beaches of Normandy and turned the tide of WWII. They will always be regarded as the greatest generation America has ever known. #DDay pic.twitter.com/UbeFow8GIU
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) June 6, 2019
“It is good to be reminded that there are such men, that there always have been, and always will be… you can manufacture weapons, and you can purchase ammunition, but you can’t buy valor and you can’t pull heroes off an assembly line.” Sgt John Ellery, 16th Infantry, #DDay pic.twitter.com/3Wm2U1xEIc
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) June 6, 2019
Today’s speeches by Presidents Trump and Macron honoring the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing were a fitting tribute to our veterans patriotism and sacrifice.
As President Trump stated, they were speaking from the altar of freedom.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) June 6, 2019
As IJR reported, two WWII veterans parachuted into Normandy once again on Wednesday ahead of the anniversary.