It was seventy years ago, the largest amphibious invasion in history took place in France , with more than 4,000 ships, 11,000 warplanes and 156,000 Allied troops. According to records, over 4,400 Allied troops died in the invasion, which changed the course of World War II.
"Our commitment to liberty, our claim to equality, our claim to freedom and to the inherent dignity of every human being - that claim is written in the blood on these beaches, and it will endure for eternity," Obama said in his D-Day speech.
The function was held in Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where around 10,000 martyrs of the invasion were creemated. In his speech, Obama described the invasion as this- "by daybreak, blood soaked the water" and "thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand."
Many veterans who partipated in the invasion were present at the function which was attended by many world leaders like Russian president Vladimir Putin and UK's Queen Elizebeth.
"These men waged war so that we might know peace," Obama said. "They sacrificed so that we might be free. They fought in hopes of a day when we'd no longer need to fight. We are grateful to them."
Putin and Obama briefly spoke about the crisis in Ukraine, said reports.