President Trump on Wednesday joined with the royal family and other world leaders in a ceremony in Portsmouth, England, to commemorate the upcoming 75h anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
Hundreds of people — including political and military leaders and World War II veterans — gathered at an amphitheater just across the English Channel from where the Allied invasion took place on June 6, 1944.
President Trump entered the stage to read an excerpt from a prayer that then-President Franklin Roosevelt delivered to the nation on the radio on the eve of the invasion.
“This day, we set upon a might endeavor,” Trump said, reading from Roosevelt’s remarks. “A struggle to preserve our republic, our religion and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. They will need they blessings for the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces but we shall return again and again.”
“Give us faith. Give us faith in thee faith in our sons faith in each other and faith in our united crusade. Thy will be done, almighty God,” Trump concluded.
CBS News tweeted this report of the event: “President Trump reads from Roosevelt’s D-Day prayer as world leaders attend 75th anniversary events in Portsmouth, England”
The president was on stage for just about a minute. He was seated for the rest of the ceremony in the gallery between Queen Elizabeth II and first lady Melania Trump.
The other world leaders who also took the stage to recount stories and letters from the invasion included British Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron.
The ceremony began with a band and chorus performance, and a video of interviews with D-Day veterans recalling the invasion laid over images of the effort. About a dozen veterans then took the stage to applause.
BBC News tweeted this response: “The Queen, US President Donald Trump, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and members of the Royal Family applaud as D-Day veterans are honoured at the 75th anniversary commemorations in Portsmouth”
Wednesday’s commemoration came at the end of Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom, and one day before a larger event in Normandy that will mark the actual anniversary of the allied invasion.