Obama honors D-day heroes on 65th anniversary of invasion

President Obama says the Allied troops offer inspiration for the ‘hardships and struggles of our time.’ Joining him at the ceremony in Normandy are the leaders of France, Britain and Canada.

Reporting from Normandy, France — Standing on the shores of the historic Omaha Beach landing, President Obama paid tribute Saturday to the thousands of servicemen who gave their lives in the D-day invasion 65 years ago and cast it as inspiration for the struggles of today.

Obama recalled the German fire that rained down on the troops as they took the beaches of Normandy, which he called “the story of America.”

“It is a story that has never come easy, but one that always gives us hope,” he said in a speech to a sea of veterans and their families. “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.”

The anniversary of the June 6, 1944, invasion falls as the new U.S. president works to build global alliances to fight violent extremism in Afghanistan and Pakistan, contain the proliferation of nuclear weapons and support peace efforts in the Middle East.

The ceremonies came at the end of Obama’s trip to the Middle East and Europe, in which he…

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