OMAHA BEACH, France (Reuters) – A lone piper playing atop the remnants of an artificial harbour on the Normandy coast on Thursday marked the hour the first British soldier landed in France 75 years ago on D-Day, the allied invasion that would turn the tide of World War Two.
Western leaders and ageing veterans from Britain, the United States and Canada will gather at events along the 80-km (50 mile) stretch of coastline in northern France, where more than 150,000 troops landed on June 6, 1944, under a hail of German artillery and machine-gun fire.
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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.
French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed British Prime Minister Theresa May at Ver-sur-Mer to inaugurate a British memorial on a site that overlooks Gold Beach. U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will also attend ceremonies paying tribute to the courage and sacrifice of the Allied troops.
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On the eve of the anniversary, Macron evoked the spirit of D-Day to speak of the modern need for multilateralism and international cooperation, an area where the United States and its European allies have been increasingly at odds during Trump’s administration.
“These allied forces that together freed us from the German yoke, and from tyranny, are the same ones that were able to build the existing multilateral structures after World War Two,” Macron told reporters after an event in Normandy to honour the French Resistance.
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“We must not repeat history, and remind ourselves what was built on the basis of the war.”
Under blue skies, the piper played Highland Laddie on a giant concrete slab that formed part of the Mulberry harbour in the waters off Arromanches, constructed to enable the resupplying of allied troops as the pushed the...
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