June 6th, 2009
10:00 AM ET
9 years ago

Obama joins WWII vets for D-Day tributes

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (CNN) - World leaders joined military veterans in northwest France on Saturday to pay respects to those who lost their lives 65 years ago in the D-Day landings of World War II.

President Obama, French leader Nicolas Sarkozy, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Canadian PM Stephen Harper and Britain's Prince Charles are among those who attended a ceremony in a coastal cemetery that is the final resting place of many who lost their lives in the decisive operation.

"The battle of Normandy decided the outcome of the war," said Sarkozy, the first to speak.

It was "won by soldiers 20 years of age who killed so as not to be killed." The French president described the horrors of the battle, where so many died before they were able to land that "those who did make it ashore waded through the bodies of the dead and wounded that floated in on the tide."

He cited a letter from a U.S. soldier who said the day "was like a waking nightmare. The ground was so strewn with bodies that you could practically cross the beach without touching the sand."

"Never, never will France forget," he vowed.

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  1. S Callahan

    God Bless all the men who served...and may their families remember for them when they no longer can.

    June 6, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Lori

    I am so proud of this President when he goes overseas. He makes America proud unlike the last President (Bush) who when I was traveling in Europe, they loathed. God bless our military heros and God bless President Obama!

    June 6, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. w.l. jones

    I had a uncle prison of war in Germany durning wwii, he said that the only thing save his life were a frew minute before execution the war ended.

    June 6, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. tedious898

    Proud DHS radical June 6th, 2009 11:58 am ET

    I see he brought his trusty teleprompter along with him. Don't leave home without it.

    You are a "Proud Butt head" radical. You missed your login. S/B Faux'd News. One would think that after 8 years of a President barely able to construct one coherent sentence, combined with the reading apprehension of the average 10 year olds; haters like you would feel better about the country now having an intelligent leader.

    Instead you "throw out" the original GOP talking points about teleprompters. Using these devices are an advancement from walking around with paper notes. But of course I'm sure your education and background would tell you that these electronic devices are evil....much like taking a picture for certain tribes.

    Grow up and let adults lead the world!

    June 6, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Lori

    @Thank you: its funny if you go to foxnews website and read a similar story (Pres. Obama and his speech today) and look at the post their readers leave, soo full of hate and anger on the one day where everyone should be united…. its awfully sad…. and THEY wont even post my comments…..
    Don't worry. The Republicans are only 21% of the American population (thank God). They had 8 years to spew their hate, you'd think that on this day, they'd be respectful to our military men and women and President Obama since they are so-called 'patriotic'. But no... let them spew their hate on Fox News. That's the only way the minority gets to feel special.

    June 6, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. bk

    Sarkozy's speech made me proud to be an American. He was much more proud of the US than our own president. Our president always finds the negative and never the great things we done for so many. I wish we had a president that was proud of our country.

    June 6, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. katn

    Thanks to all the soldier, sailors, airmen and marines who have given the last full measure of devotion to this nation.

    June 6, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Wondering why Obama had to mention the self-inflicted problems in Myrmar and Africa as if it in some way compares to the true sacrifices in WWII.

    June 6, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. dave

    not once did our commander in chief mention our u.s. troops that made such a sacrifice not only at normandy but in europe and the pacific. god bless our world war II veterans and god bless america

    June 6, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. BITTER

    Aww. isnt that cute, listen to the cry babies. Teleprompter...oh no look out....id suggest you go get educated and stop wasting time being brat-like children. How much more can people embarrass themselves? never ceases to amaze me. Anything of importance to attack?? wait....nope...thats right, because we have a government that has a clue now. So back to attacking clothes, hair styles, teleprompters...see where this is going? LOL. Hey look mtv is on.

    June 6, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. No Hillary = No Obama

    Sorry, but all this means to Obama is another photo opportunity.

    June 6, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Jean

    The headline should be

    Obama and Teleprompter joins WWII vets for D-Day tributes

    June 6, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Len

    To Ann and Proud DHS radical,

    My dad and uncle were present that day. My uncle lost his life, my dad survived. He died 14 years ago and never talked about that day.

    Your comments about our president are Unpatriotic and Unamerican. I hope your sons, daughters, and/or grandchildren will never have to endure war. I hope you enstill in them that those who have lost their lives for our freedom are hereos.

    Respect our President and Respect those who have died for you.

    June 6, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. alvino

    Bush tried to use a teleprompter, but could not read, so it was of no value.

    June 6, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. sensible Cape Coral FL


    What is so terrible about a President who speaks well? Who thinks before he speaks? Jealous perhaps? President Obama speaks in complete sentences. I guess that is something we all have to get used to again.

    June 6, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Zero.

    D Day 1944. Zero Day O. Bama day in the Destruction of the next ten years.
    The Middle East is now heading for the Deep-South.

    I give it six months or less....

    June 6, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Keith in Austin

    My Father was a decorated WWII veteran that served at Iwo Jima and Saipan when he was still a teenager! Gos Bless the Greatest Generation! I can assure you that he is turning over in his grave listening to the Obama Apology Tour!

    June 6, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. mike

    This is the grade I have given to Presidents beginning 1900 to 2009,based on the Unemployment rate and also the Inflation rate.-– Roosavelt(A+) Taft(C-) Wilson(C+) Harding(D-) Coolidge(D-) Hoover(F-) Roosavelt(A+) Truman(C+) Eisenhower(F) Kennedy(C-) Johnson(A-) Nixson(F-) Ford(D-) Carter(D+) Reagan(A-) Bush(C-) Clinton(A) Bush(F-) , and so far for Obama(D-)

    June 6, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. Tracy-Oakley

    The speech that President Obama gave was one of his best speeches because he personalized it with the veterans that fought for our freedom. This was really great program. Thank you!

    June 6, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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