D-Day, That Changed the World

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French President Francois Hollande led the D-Day 70th anniversary by remembering those who died on a day that changed the entire world. He attended a service near Bayeux with US President Barack Obama, who said the US commitment to liberty was ‘written in blood’ on French beaches.

President Obama visited Colleville-sur-Mer, near Bayeux, the place where 9,387 US service personnel are buried in a war cemetery. During his speech at US war cemetery, he said, "America's claim - our commitment to liberty, to equality, to freedom, to the inherent dignity of every human being - that claim is written in blood on these beaches, and it will endure for eternity".

Also at Colleville-sur-Mer, President Hollande said every man who took part in D-Day was a ‘hero’. He added that France would never forget what it owed them, nor would it forget its solidarity with the US.

In nearby Bayeux, the Queen laid a wreath at a remembrance service at Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, where she, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall also met veterans.

In addition to this, Veterans and Normandy residents also paid their tributes to those who gave their lives for Nazi- occupied France 70 years ago. As the sun rose at Omaha Beach, hundreds of people gathered in the largest amphibious invasion in history, on June 6th, 1944.

What was D-Day?

On 6th June 1944, British, US and Canadian forces invaded the coast of northern France in Normandy.

The landings were the first stage of Operation Overlord - the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe - and were intended to end World War Two.

Portsmouth's D-Day Museum says as many as 4,413 Allied troops died on the day of the invasion - more than previously thought.

By the end of D-Day, the Allies had established a foothold in France. Within 11 months Nazi Germany was defeated, as Soviet armies swept in from the east and captured Hitler's stronghold in Berlin.

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