In 2014, all eyes will be on the D-Day landings beaches and the sites of the Battle of Normandy. The 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy will be commemorated by many Allied heads of state and hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world.
Every year the French have a four-day celebration in Normandy complete with American uniforms, tanks, jeeps and guns. They still honor the Americans who died to save their souls from the Nazis.
June 6, 2014, is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the largest invasion ever attempted, where 200,000 Americans stormed the beaches at Normandy to begin the final push to defeat Nazi Germany in World War II. D-Day marked the turning point in World War II in Europe. European heads of state make it a point to recall and honor the sacrifices of those who landed in Normandy, as have all our presidents – except one.
In the 69 years since D-Day, there are four occasions when the president of the United States chose not to visit the D-Day Monument that honors the soldiers killed during the Invasion. The occasions were:
For the past 70 years, every American president except President Obama has taken the time to honor the memory and sacrifices of the 6,000 American soldiers killed on D-Day.
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Meir I. Horvitz