Thanking Veterans on D-Day Anniversary


Published 06/06 2014 09:27AM

Updated 06/06 2014 10:25AM

         70 Years ago today the largest ever amphibious invitation led to to the end of World War II. More than 150,000 american and allied troops rolled ashore on the beaches of Normandy, France.
President Obama is there this morning - along with other world leaders - to remember that day.

        Today's iconic backdrop - the beach where nearly 45-hundred Americans lost their lives in a massive invasion that ended World War Two. "These men waged war so that we might know peace. "Theysacrificed so that we might be free. They fought in hopes of a day when we'd no longer need to fight. We are grateful to them."

        As President Obama visits the cemetery and dines with 17 world leaders today... All eyes are on him and Russian president Vladimir Putin.... Their first face-to-face encounter since Russia invaded Ukraine. "should we have the opportunity to talk, I will be repeating the same message that I've been delivering to him throughout the crisis."

        The US and Europe are giving Russia a month to recognize Ukraine's new president... Stop arms fromcrossing the border and stop supporting pro-russian separatists. "This is an opportunity, we hope, for russia, the united states and others, all of them to come together in an effort to try to make ukraine strong economically."

        On this 70th anniversary of D-Day... When the world came together to end one country's aggression... There's uncertainty whether the world's two most powerful nations will once again be able to deliver peace.

The President actually attending two D-Day ceremonies in France today. He's due back in Washington tonight.

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