‘This tiny sliver of land… changed the course of human history’: Obama leads tributes to D-Day heroes as world leaders and royals join veterans for their return to Normandy beaches 70 years on.


World leaders and dignitaries including President Obama and Queen Elizabeth II (together bottom right) are gathered to honor the Allied D-Day troops who helped to defeat Hitler, seventy years after they stormed the beaches at Normandy. Obama said ‘the tide was turned in that common struggle for freedom’ on D-Day and now lives on in a new generation. ‘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,’ he said on a morning that dawned glorious and bright over the sacred site he called ‘democracy’s beachhead’. Obama is pictured above with French President Francois Hollande, and top right meeting US war vets.


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