Russian President Vladimir Putin wasn't among the world leaders who joined Queen Elizabeth II on the south coast of England for Britain's 75th anniversary events honouring the ultimate triumph of D-Day.
President Trump honored 60 surviving veterans who were in attendance, saying, "You are among the greatest Americans to ever live". "On these shores, on these bluffs, on this day 75 years ago, 10,000 men shed their blood - and thousands sacrificed their lives - for their brothers, for their countries, and for the survival of liberty".
"This is perhaps the most on-message moment of Donald Trump's presidency today".
He said the words in English, and World War II veterans gathered with him at the Normandy American Cemetery stood in applause.
The Queen has paid tribute to the "heroism, courage and sacrifice" of those who died in the D-Day landings.
Also attending were German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as leaders from Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland and Slovakia.
Restored wartime jeeps and amphibious vehicles lined the beach as British and American flags fluttered in the breeze.
About 12,000 people were expected at the ceremony.
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U.S. soldiers and members of the public watch paratroopers taking part in a parachute drop over Carentan, Normandy, north-western France, on 5 June as part of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy.
The US president left Britain after the D-Day ceremony for Ireland, where he met Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at Shannon Airport for talks.
A number of media personalities blamed President Donald Trump for the fact that D-Day ceremonies began late Thursday, but most failed to acknowledge that French President Emmanuel Macron arrived late.
On June 6, 1944, tens of thousands of American, British, French, Australian, and Canadian soldiers landed nearly simultaneously on five parcels of the Normandy coastline - beaches codenamed Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. "I thank you for inviting me here today and I wish you all the health and happiness you so richly deserve".
Thousands died on each side during D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history that paved the way for western Europe's liberation from Hitler's forces. Her speech went on to focus on the bravery of those who took part in the landings on June 6th 1944.
Richard Clapp, a 44-year-old former USA paratrooper and computer store owner from Julian, North Carolina, says: "If you forget history, it is doomed to repeat itself". 28 years old. Husband.
Pipe Major Trevor Macey-Lillie, of 19th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Scottish Gunners), performed Highland Laddie at the port in Arromanches at 6.26am to signal the moment the first British soldier landed on Gold beach.
The sea of mercury blue couldn't have been more peaceful as the sun rose Thursday over Omaha Beach.