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President Biden issued a statement Monday evening on the 78th anniversary of D-Day, after failing to mention the historic day in any of his previous remarks.
“Today we mark 78 years of D-Day and honor those who answered the call of duty on the beaches of Normandy,” Biden tweeted. “We must never forget the service and sacrifice in defense of freedom, and we must strive every day to live up to the ideals for which they fought.”
Last year, the Biden White House released no statement on the anniversary.
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Biden sent Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, to Normandy, where he compared the Normandy invasion to Ukraine’s fight against Russia.
“The fight in Ukraine is about honoring these World War II veterans,” Mark Milley said at the Colleville-sur-Mer American Cemetery, overlooking Omaha Beach in Normandy. “This is about upholding the so-called global rules-based international order that was established by the dead who are buried here in this cemetery.
Milley said the world was “again seeing death and destruction on the continent of Europe”.
Fox News reached out to the White House for comment, but did not hear back before publication.
On June 6, 1944, Allied troops landed on the beaches codenamed Omaha, Utah, Juno, Sword and Gold, carried by 7,000 boats. On that day alone, some 4,414 Allied soldiers, more than half of whom were Americans, lost their lives. Over 5,000 were injured.
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Former Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump all recognized the D-Day anniversary in some way during their first year in office. President Ronald Reagan gave one of his most famous speeches on the D-Day anniversary in 1984.
So far, Biden’s tenure as commander-in-chief includes the widely planned disastrous retreat from Afghanistan that he wanted to time to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which were largely planned in that country.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.