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The Normandy D-Day Ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery was absolutely first class. The staging, audio and video production were excellent. Both presidents gave exceptional addresses. While each reflected their own nation’s character and perception of the good, they both kept the focus on the surviving veterans, there with them, and those who have long laid to rest in this consecrated ground. Warning: this is at least a two hanky event.
The ITV YouTube channel carried the Normandy American Cemetery ceremony, with President Trump and President Macron. President Macron helicoptered in just before the ceremony started, as he had started the day in the British beach sector with Prime Minister May, and with representatives of the British royal family at a church service. He, and the French people, did a fine job as grateful hosts. Don’t miss the WWII cargo aircraft formations towards the end of the American ceremony, with the two presidents and their wives side-by-side looking out over the beach to the sea. That rumble is the sound of liberty.
Watch 97-year-old Tom Rice make the jump on the 5th, part of the Daks over Normandy event:
And here is one of the British paratroopers who took part in the big jump:
Both presidents made the point of our duty to honor those being commemorated with a continued dedication to liberty. Both claimed that the history of these old warriors, and their forever young comrades, would not be forgotten so long as our people value and preserve liberty.