Saturday, June 6, 2009

Obama honors D-Day veterans in Normandy

President Barack Obama today paid tribute to military personnel who lost their lives in the D-day invasion on the shores of the Omaha Beach landing in Normandy, France.

Obama called the story of the landing on the beaches of Normandy "the story of America."


"It is a story that has never come easy, but one that always gives us hope," he said. "For as we face down the hardships and struggles of our time, and arrive at that hour for which we were born, we cannot help but draw strength from those moments in history when the best among us were somehow able to swallow their fears and secure a beachhead on an unforgiving shore."

Speaking about the veterans that had gathered for the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Obama said: "You remind us that our future is not shaped by mere chance or circumstance. Our history has always been the sum total of the choices made and the actions taken by each individual man or woman. It has always been up to us."

Among those present in the audience was Obama's great-uncle Charles Payne, who was part of the first American division to reach and liberate a Nazi concentration camp in Germany.



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