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Leaders salute 'raw courage' of D-Day veterans on Normandy's beaches

Updated : 2019-06-06 17:01:34

The leaders of France and Britain paid tribute to the sacrifice of D-Day veterans on Thursday, the 75th anniversary of the largest ever seaborne invasion that opened the way for Western Europe's liberation from Nazi Germany.

French President, Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister, Theresa May, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump, First Lady of US Melania Trump, President of Greece, Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel attend the D-day 75 Commemorations event in Portsmouth, Britain. Chris Jackson/Pool via Reuters
French President, Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister, Theresa May, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump, First Lady of US Melania Trump, President of Greece, Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel attend the D-day 75 Commemorations event in Portsmouth, Britain. Chris Jackson/Pool via Reuters
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks on stage during an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, in Portsmouth, Britain. Chris Jackson/Pool via Reuters
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks on stage during an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, in Portsmouth, Britain. Chris Jackson/Pool via Reuters
A plane flies over a cross of La Cambe German war cemetery during a remembrance ceremony in La Cambe in Normandy as France prepares to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
A plane flies over a cross of La Cambe German war cemetery during a remembrance ceremony in La Cambe in Normandy as France prepares to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
The MV Boudicca, carrying veterans, leaves the harbour on its way to Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, in Portsmouth. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
The MV Boudicca, carrying veterans, leaves the harbour on its way to Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, in Portsmouth. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May attend a Franco-British ceremony for the laying of the first stone of a British memorial in Ver-Sur-Mer as part of ceremonies to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day landings in Normandy. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool
French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May attend a Franco-British ceremony for the laying of the first stone of a British memorial in Ver-Sur-Mer as part of ceremonies to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day landings in Normandy. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool
Paratroopers jump during a commemorative parachute jump over Sannverville in Normandy as France. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Paratroopers jump during a commemorative parachute jump over Sannverville in Normandy as France. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
US World War II paratrooper veteran Tom Rice, 97 years-old who served with the 101st Airborne, jumps during a commemorative parachute jump over Carentan on the Normandy coast ahead of the 75th D-Day anniversary. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
US World War II paratrooper veteran Tom Rice, 97 years-old who served with the 101st Airborne, jumps during a commemorative parachute jump over Carentan on the Normandy coast ahead of the 75th D-Day anniversary. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
French President Emmanuel Macron meets two French WWII veterans Leon Gautier (R) and Jacques Lewis in Bayeux as part of the ceremonies of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool
French President Emmanuel Macron meets two French WWII veterans Leon Gautier (R) and Jacques Lewis in Bayeux as part of the ceremonies of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool
A general view of the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer in Normandy. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
A general view of the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer in Normandy. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
French President Emmanuel Macron poses for a group picture after a ceremony at the Caen prison to pay tribute to French Resistant fighters as part of D-Day ceremonies in Caen. Francois Mori/Pool via Reuters
French President Emmanuel Macron poses for a group picture after a ceremony at the Caen prison to pay tribute to French Resistant fighters as part of D-Day ceremonies in Caen. Francois Mori/Pool via Reuters
Children stand next a board with pictures of war victims as French President Emmanuel Macron attends a ceremony at the Caen prison to pay tribute to French Resistant fighters. Francois Mori/Pool via Reuters
Children stand next a board with pictures of war victims as French President Emmanuel Macron attends a ceremony at the Caen prison to pay tribute to French Resistant fighters. Francois Mori/Pool via Reuters
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