Biden highlights the threat to democracy at D-Day 80th anniversary

President Biden and key U.S. allies are in Normandy to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the US-led allied forces’ D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied France. Biden joined French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to mark the most significant victory of the Western allies in the war.

The brazen air and sea invasion would mark the beginning of the end of World War II. It was the largest amphibious invasion in history and launched a campaign that laid the foundations for the Allied defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II less than a year later.

“What the allies did here 80 years ago, far surpassed anything we could have done on our own,” Biden said in remarks. “Together, we won the war.”

“The men who fought here became heroes — given an audacious mission, knowing the probability of dying was real,” he said. “But they did it anyway, knowing without a doubt there are things worth fighting and dying for. Freedom, worth it. Democracy worth it. America worth it. Then, now and always.”

Biden drew a parallel between the events that led to D-Day and the fight for Ukraine. “The struggle between a dictatorship and freedom is unending,” Biden said. He then went on to highlight the plight of Ukraine, which he said he been “invaded by a tyrant”. “Ukrainians are fighting with extraordinary courage, suffering great losses but never backing down,” Biden said.

The US president claimed that 350,000 Russian troops had been killed or wounded in the conflict and that nearly 1 million people had fled Russia since it launched its full-scale invasion against Ukraine in February 2022. The Kremlin has not publicly confirmed either figure.

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