Biden, other world leaders visit Normandy to honor 80th anniversary of D-Day

by ian

Today marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day. French President Emanuel Macron led the international ceremony at Omaha Beach in Normandy.

Those in attendance included President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy, and European Council President Charles Michel. The international heads of state paid their respects to the 150,000 soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944.

D-Day commemorations have become important from a diplomatic and political perspective. But it wasn’t always like that. In the beginning, the commemorations were almost exclusively French.

It was only in 1984 that France invited six international heads of state, including then-President Ronald Reagan and Queen Elizabeth from England, to attend.