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Biden Warns of Global Democracy Threats on D-Day’s 80th Anniversary

President Joe Biden warned that democracy is at risk worldwide during the 80th anniversary of D-Day. Leaders gathered to mark the 1944 landings in France that helped defeat Nazi Germany in World War II.

Biden joined Britain’s King Charles III, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and French President Emmanuel Macron in Normandy, France. They paid tribute to the Allied troops who stormed the beaches on June 6, 1944.

In his address, Biden highlighted the importance of the sacrifices made by those troops. He stated that their bravery helped secure freedom and democracy. He warned that these values are under threat today.

Biden’s remarks come amid global political tensions and rising authoritarianism. He called on nations to uphold the principles for which the D-Day soldiers fought.

King Charles III also spoke at the event. He emphasized the enduring bond between the nations that fought together. Trudeau and Macron echoed these sentiments, stressing unity and remembrance.

The leaders laid wreaths and observed a moment of silence at various sites. They visited the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer. This cemetery is the final resting place for many of the American soldiers who died in the landings.

The commemoration included veterans and families of the fallen. Many veterans wore their military decorations. They shared memories of the historic assault that turned the tide of World War II.

D-Day is seen as a pivotal moment in history. The landings involved over 150,000 troops from the United States, Britain, Canada, and other Allied nations. Their mission was to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation.

The 80th anniversary serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made for peace. Leaders urged a continued commitment to the principles of democracy and freedom.

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