Biden Calls for Defence of Freedom at D-Day Anniversary

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Biden Calls for Defence of Freedom at D-Day Anniversary

In a poignant ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, U.S. President Joe Biden delivered a fervent appeal for the defence of freedom and democracy. Addressing Western powers, he urged unwavering support for Ukraine in its struggle against Russian tyranny.

Biden Calls For Defence Of Freedom At D-Day Anniversary

Biden Calls For Defence Of Freedom At D-day Anniversary

Joined by French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. veterans at the Normandy American Cemetery, President Biden emphasised the imperative of collective action, declaring it “simply unthinkable” to capitulate to Russian aggression. He vowed that U.S. support for Ukraine would not wane, stressing the critical need for Western and NATO allies to recapture the cooperative spirit that characterised D-Day.

Biden Calls For Defence Of Freedom At D-Day Anniversary

“Isolationism was not the answer 80 years ago and is not the answer today,” Biden asserted, highlighting the unprecedented threats to democracy since the end of World War II.

Biden Calls For Defence Of Freedom At D-Day Anniversary

Honouring the Heroes of D-Day

Biden Calls For Defence Of Freedom At D-Day Anniversary

On June 6, 1944, over 150,000 Allied soldiers launched an invasion by sea and air to liberate France from Nazi occupation, landing on beaches codenamed Omaha, Juno, Sword, Utah, and Gold. As the number of surviving veterans, many now centenarians dwindles, this ceremony may be the last major commemoration with their presence.

Biden Calls For Defence Of Freedom At D-Day Anniversary

Addressing the assembled veterans, President Biden expressed profound respect, turning from the podium to salute them with the words, “God love ya.” He honoured their bravery, stating, “The men who fought here became heroes. They knew beyond any doubt there are things that are worth fighting and dying for.”

Biden Calls For Defence Of Freedom At D-Day Anniversary

Resonance Amid Contemporary Conflict

This year’s anniversary holds special significance as war rages in Ukraine, evoking memories of the Allied effort to repel Nazi forces. The ceremony coincides with crucial elections, including for the European Parliament and the U.S. presidency in November. Critics express concern that former President Donald Trump, Biden’s likely election opponent, may reduce U.S. support for Ukraine.

Calls for Unity from Global Leaders

At a parallel British ceremony in Ver-sur-Mer, King Charles, dressed in full military uniform, echoed Biden’s call for international collaboration. Speaking in both French and English, he reminded attendees, “We recall the lesson that comes to us again and again across the decades: free nations must stand together to oppose tyranny.”

The day of tributes also saw participation from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and numerous other dignitaries. Notably absent was Russia, excluded due to its 2022 invasion of Ukraine, sparking Europe’s most significant armed conflict since World War II.

A Somber Reflection

As enthusiasts in replica WWII-era military attire marched on Utah Beach, the commemorations served as a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made for freedom and the ongoing necessity to defend democratic values against tyranny.

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