D-Day – 70th Anniversary

Omaha Beach, D-Day, June 6, 1944

Omaha Beach, D-Day, June 6, 1944

The Normandy landings, also known as Operation Neptune were the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy, in Operation Overlord, during World War II. The landings commenced on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (D-Day), beginning at 6:30 AM British Double Summer Time (GMT+2). In planning, D-Day was the term used for the day of actual landing, which was dependent on final approval.

The assault was conducted in two phases: an airborne assault landing of 24,000 British, American, Canadian and Free French airborne troops shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armoured divisions on the coast of France commencing at 6:30 AM. There were also decoy operations mounted under the codenames Operation Glimmer and Operation Taxable to distract the German forces from the real landing areas.

The operation was the largest amphibious invasion in world history, with over 160,000 troops landing on 6 June 1944.

Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normandy_landings

70th Anniversary - 6.6.1944

The 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

From June 5th to August 21st 2014, Normandy will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy with due splendor and emotion. This year’s anniversary will be a time of national and international contemplation and communion.

Traditionally, annual commemorations of the Landings of June 6th 1944 have always been major events for Basse-Normandie, all the more so on the occasions of quinquennial and decennial anniversaries, where the international aspect is especially prominent.

And because this will likely be the last decennial anniversary to take place in the presence of actors in and witnesses to those momentous events, it will be a particularly special occasion; welcoming a still large number of the remaining men and women who act as guardians of this “living memory” – probably for the last time and in celebration of a great anniversary – will indeed be cause for heartfelt emotion.

The anniversary will also provide a fitting opportunity for transmission of memory and the sharing of those fundamental values for which so many young men were willing to make the supreme sacrifice: peace, freedom, brotherhood and the dignity of humankind.

The presence of the liberators of Normandy, France and Europe will be a fresh occasion for us to show them our undying gratitude, and to stand alongside them in associating our young people with the various commemorative actions so as to make the event an essential step in transmission of memory. A range of educational initiatives are already underway across the region.

The June 6th Landings are of cardinal importance in the collective memory of the English-speaking world, which is why the 70th anniversary will also include a message of thanks and unfailing friendship from the French people to the British, American and Canadian peoples.

We shall be no less committed to expressing our unbounded gratitude to the Poles, Dutch, Belgians, Australians, Greeks, Luxembourgers, Norwegians, Czechs, Slovakians, New Zealanders and Danes, all of them France’s liberators, who will also have a place of honor in the commemorations and remembrance initiatives.

The choice of the Sword Beach sector for holding the international ceremony on June 6th 2014 will also enable fitting tribute to be paid to the 177 men of Kieffer’s Commando Battalion, who were the only French soldiers to take part in ground operations on D-Day, alongside their British comrades.

In addition, as in 2004, this anniversary will also be a milestone in the process of Franco-German reconciliation, keeping alive the spirit of the Élysée Treaty.

And finally, it will be an occasion to remember the heavy price that the civilian population had to pay for the liberation of Normandy and France, and to pay tribute to the heroism shown by the Norman people in 1944. Alongside the necessary tribute paid to the soldiers that lost their lives, we should also remember those who found themselves at the mercy of military strategy and caught up in a rain of fire in the midst of the fighting.

In the spring and summer of 2014, the eyes of the world will be on Normandy; it will be an occasion for the region to show the world its dynamism, its many assets, and its determination to build a future without forgetting the past.

For more: http://www.the70th-normandy.com/?lang=en

C-SPAN Full Video: http://www.c-span.org/video/?319831-1/dday-70th-anniversary-international-ceremony

D-Day 70th Anniversary

RENDER HONORS - U.S. President Barack Obama and World War II veterans render honors as the U.S. Army Color Guard presents its colors at the Normandy American Cemetery during the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 6, 2014. DOD photo by Marvin Lynchard

RENDER HONORS – U.S. President Barack Obama and World War II veterans render honors as the U.S. Army Color Guard presents its colors at the Normandy American Cemetery during the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 6, 2014. DOD photo by Marvin Lynchard

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70th Anniversary of D-Day and The Invasion of Normandy Tribute

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    3:25 AM
    President Obama attends G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues
    The Hague, Brussels, Belgium

    4:00 AM
    5:00 AM
    6:00 AM
    President Obama and the G7 leaders hold a working lunch on development issues
    The Hague, Brussels, Belgium

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    8:30 AM
    President Obama and United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Cameron hold a bilateral meeting
    The Hague, Brussels, Belgium

    9:00 AM
    9:50 AM ET
    President Obama and United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Cameron News Conference
    G7 Summit, Brussels, Belgium

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Dr. Biden deliver remarks on College Affordability
    Roosevelt Room

    11:05 AM
    President Obama travels to Paris, France

    11:55 AM
    President Obama arrives Paris, France
    Orly Airport

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:05 PM
    President Obama and French President Hollande have a private dinner

    President Obama over nights in Paris

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  2. CR says:

    The Normandy landings, also known as Operation Neptune were the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy, in Operation Overlord, during World War II. The landings commenced on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (D-Day), beginning at 6:30 AM British Double Summer Time (GMT+2). In planning, D-Day was the term used for the day of actual landing, which was dependent on final approval.

    The assault was conducted in two phases: an airborne assault landing of 24,000 British, American, Canadian and Free French airborne troops shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armoured divisions on the coast of France commencing at 6:30 AM. There were also decoy operations mounted under the codenames Operation Glimmer and Operation Taxable to distract the German forces from the real landing areas.

    The operation was the largest amphibious invasion in world history, with over 160,000 troops landing on 6 June 1944.

    • CR says:

      French honor 34 World War II vets at West Point

      May 9, 2014 4:31 PM By MICHAEL HILL – Associated Press

      WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Almost 70 years after Joseph Federico was wounded and captured in the hedgerows of France, he was personally thanked Friday by that country’s government during a heartfelt ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy.

      The 88-year-old Belvidere, New Jersey, resident was among 34 World War II veterans decorated as knights of France’s Legion of Honor in a ceremony leading up to the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings that began June 6, 1944. Many honorees had white hair and stooped postures and rose slowly to have the medals pinned to their chests. But, to a man, they said the honor was welcome seven decades after their service.

      “I’m just lucky that I’m here to get this, you know, because it was awfully tough for all of us,” said Federico, who spent two months recovering from a shrapnel wound to his leg as a prisoner of war. “I lost good friends from my company, and it was terrible.”

      Federico wore his new decoration on his blazer, just below his Purple Heart.

      The French Legion of Honor is an order of distinction established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. Hundreds of Americans have been awarded the medal in the decade since France opened eligibility to living U.S. veterans who fought on French territory during any of four major campaigns. But Consul General of France Bertrand Lortholary said it was important to show their gratitude at West Point in front of the cadets who will make up the next generation of U.S. officers.

      Lortholary told the veterans and their family members packed into a high-ceilinged hall overlooking the Hudson River that they will always remember their sacrifices as well as the ones made by their comrades who rest in French soil.

      “Seventy years have passed since then, and yet the memory of the sacrifice of American soldiers remains more vivid than ever in the villages of France — in Normandy, in Provence, in the Ardennes, whose cemeteries bear witness to war’s cost in life,” Lortholary said. “I want to tell you that your example gives us inspiration for the future.”

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/french-honor-34-world-war-ii-vets-west-172346835.html;_ylt=AwrSyCXYem9TxkQAUZ3QtDMD

  3. CarolMaeWY says:

    Thank you, thank you. I’m so tired of all other stuff going on. Many have or could care less about Veterans or history. <3

    • CR says:

      Hi CarolMae! You are most welcome! We owe a lot to our troops!

      I watched FLOTUS’ speech on in Veteran Homelessness and checked the va.gov/homeless website to see if my city’s mayor was on the list of those participating and he was not so I forwarded a copy of the the “Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness” to our City Council member to make sure that our city is on board to help our vets!

      • CarolMaeWY says:

        Great, I missed her speech. I’m limit to my time on the computer and did’t see the post, but I can listen. I recently had eye surgery. Do you live in big city or small? Our town has a great place for all homeless. Mental health, not so much.

        • CR says:

          Our town has 48,800 people. Our town in only one of two towns in our county that also has a cold weather shelter for the homeless.

          Hope that your eyes heal quickly!

  4. CR says:

    https://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/pbo-europe-20141-e1401918660963.png?w=450

    President Obama’s European Travel Itinerary

    Thursday, June 5

    President Obama attends G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues
    The Hague, Brussels, Belgium

    President Obama and the G7 leaders hold a working lunch on development issues
    The Hague, Brussels, Belgium

    President Obama and United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Cameron hold a bilateral meeting
    The Hague, Brussels, Belgium

    President Obama and United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Cameron hold joint press conference
    The Hague, Brussels, Belgium

    President Obama travels to Paris, France

    President Obama and French President Hollande have a private dinner

    President Obama over nights in Paris

    • CR says:

      June 05, 2014

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom in Joint Press Conference

      Justus Lipsius Building
      Headquarters of the Council of the European Union
      Brussels, Belgium

      3:35 P.M. CET

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody. It is good to be here with my great friend and partner, Prime Minister David Cameron. Earlier this afternoon we concluded our summit with our fellow G7 leaders. And I want to thank His Majesty King Philippe, the Prime Minister, as well as the Belgian people for welcoming us back to Brussels.

      David and I also just had the opportunity to meet and discuss some pressing challenges — including Syria, Libya and Iran, as well as the process of ending our combat mission in Afghanistan. We spoke about the deepening partnership that we have on issues like Nigeria, in support of our shared goal of safely returning the kidnapped girls to their families. But what I want to focus on briefly before we take questions are two issues that dominated our discussion over the last two days, and that’s the situation in Ukraine and energy security.

      Originally, of course, our summit was supposed to be in Sochi. But after Russia’s actions in Ukraine, our nations united quickly around a common strategy. We suspended Russia from the G8 and we cancelled the Sochi meeting, making this the first G7 held without Russia in some 20 years. All seven of our nations have taken steps to impose costs on Russia for its behavior. Today, in contrast to a growing global economy, a sluggish Russian economy is even weaker because of the choices made by the Russia’s leadership. Meanwhile, our nations continue to stand united in our support and assistance to the Ukrainian people. And the G7 Summit was an occasion for me, David and our fellow leaders to ensure that we’re in lockstep going forward.

      On Ukraine, I shared the results of my meeting yesterday with President-elect Poroshenko. Like so many Ukrainians, he wants to forge closer ties with Europe and the United States, but also recognizes that Ukraine will benefit from a constructive relationship with Russia. So I believe his inauguration provides an opportunity, particularly since he has demonstrated a commitment to reach out to the east, and pursue reforms. Russia needs to seize that opportunity. Russia needs to recognize that President-elect Poroshenko is the legitimately elected leader of Ukraine and engage the government in Kyiv.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/05/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-david-cameron-united-kingdom-

    • CR says:

      West Wing Week: 6/6/14 or, “Dispatches: Europe”

      Published on Jun 5, 2014

      Welcome to a special edition of West Wing Week, Dispatches: Europe. This week, the President embarked on a three country tour which took him to Poland, the G7 Summit in Brussels, Belgium and then onto France where the President reaffirmed the United States commitment of support for the people and government of Ukraine, announced broader efforts to strengthen and modernize NATO; highlighted our work to diversify European energy security; and deepened our negotiations around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

  5. CR says:

    Fewest Americans Filed Jobless Claims Over Past Month Since 2007

    Jun 5, 2014 5:42 AM PT By Jeanna Smialek – bloomberg

    Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits over the past month than at any time in seven years, a sign the labor market continues to strengthen.

    The four-week average for jobless claims fell to 310,250 in the period ended May 31, the lowest since June 2007, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The number of applications last week climbed to 312,000 from 304,000, in line with the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

    A drop in dismissals over time may be a sign that companies, lean from prior job cutting, are preparing for improving demand. Now, sustained hiring gains are needed to push up wages and spur better consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of the economy.

    “Momentum in the labor market has improved a little bit,” said Omair Sharif, a U.S. economist at RBS Securities Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut. “But I think you need to see hiring pick up. That’s the piece of the puzzle we’re waiting for.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-05/fewest-americans-filed-jobless-claims-over-past-month-since-2007.html

  6. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Wednesday, CR and all friends!

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  7. CR says:

    President Obama: “We Do Not Leave Anybody Wearing the American Uniform Behind”

    “ We do not leave anybody wearing the American uniform behind.

    We had a prisoner of war whose health had deteriorated and we were deeply concerned about, and we saw an opportunity and we seized it. And I make no apologies for that.

    We had discussed with Congress the possibility that something like this might occur. But because of the nature of the folks that we were dealing with and the fragile nature of these negotiations, we felt it was important to go ahead and do what we did. And we’re now explaining to Congress the details of how we moved forward. But this basic principle that we don’t leave anybody behind and this basic recognition that that often means prisoner exchanges with enemies is not unique to my administration — it dates back to the beginning of our Republic.

    And with respect to how we announced it, I think it was important for people to understand that this is not some abstraction, this is not a political football. You have a couple of parents whose kid volunteered to fight in a distant land, who they hadn’t seen in five years and weren’t sure whether they’d ever see again. And as Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces, I am responsible for those kids. And I get letters from parents who say, if you are in fact sending my child into war, make sure that that child is being taken care of. And I write too many letters to folks who unfortunately don’t see their children again after fighting the war.

    I make absolutely no apologies for making sure that we get back a young man to his parents and that the American people understand that this is somebody’s child and that we don’t condition whether or not we make the effort to try to get them back.”

    6/5/14 President Barack Obama

  8. CR says:

    11:00 AM ET
    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Dr. Biden deliver remarks on College Affordability
    Roosevelt Room

    • CR says:

      June 05, 2014

      Remarks by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Dr. Biden

      Roosevelt Room

      11:07 A.M. EDT

      SECRETARY DUNCAN: We just appreciate you folks making an effort. It’s a really interesting group of people; different backgrounds, different experiences, but with a sort of shared passion to figure out what we as a country can do to make college both more accessible and more affordable.

      And what you all recognize is that going to college has never been more important than it is today; unfortunately, it’s also never been more expensive. And somehow we have to find ways to reduce that. And we’re working on lots of stuff, as are many of you, and give you — have you give us your best thinking — obviously, if you tell us what we need to hear, not what we want to hear. And the President, the Vice President, the First Lady, Dr. Biden, this is one where — the highest levels of the White House. It’s this huge passion and commitment.

      As Dr. Biden said, she has been teaching for a couple of decades now. That’s where her heart is. (Laughter.) That’s where her passion is. She hasn’t taken the easiest of jobs. She’s taught in therapeutic situations, she’s taught in prisons, she teaches at a community college. This is her passion. This is her life’s work. As I always say, she could be spending all her time at fancy parties and fancy lunches, and she teaches students every single day.

      So we’re so lucky to have someone of her passion and commitment work on this every single day. I’ll turn it over to her then we’ll go to Dexter, and we’ll just sort of open it up and get folks thinking.

      Dr. Biden.

      DR. BIDEN: Thanks. I leave all the fancy parties to Arne. (Laughter.)

      SECRETARY DUNCAN: I wish. I wish. (Laughter.)

      DR. BIDEN: Well, hello, everyone. And it’s my pleasure to welcome everybody here to the White House. And as a lifelong educator — I like that a little better. (Laughter.)

      SECRETARY DUNCAN: I’ll work it out. I owe you one. (Laughter.)

      DR. BIDEN: Anyway, I’ve seen firsthand the power, really, of college education, and — as well as many barriers to success, as Arne talked about. And as I said, I teach full time at a community college in Northern Virginia. And really, my students are juggling a lot. They’re working full time, and balancing family and community obligations, along with taking classes. But I see over and over, they are so committed to furthering their education because they know it’s the way to a better life for themselves and for their families.

      And that’s why college affordability is so critical. And we need to make sure that there’s an affordable path to higher education for all, and not just a luxury for a few. And that’s why affordable student loans are essential.

      And over the past three decades, the average tuition at a public four-year college has more than tripled. The average undergraduate student who borrows for college graduates with almost $30,000 of debt. So we all agree — all of us — that we need to do more. And I’m proud to be part of an administration that has made college affordability a priority, reforming the student loan system and doubling the Pell grants.

      But we all know that we need to do more to make college affordable, and that’s why I’m so pleased to announce that the Senate Democrats are working on a proposal that would help more young people afford to repay college debt. We will also hear from — this issue from the President on Monday.

      So together, we can do more to lift this burden off our students. I thank you all for being here, and I really look forward to hearing your stories.

      END

    • CR says:

      happy_birthday

      Happy Birthday to Dr Jill Biden !!!

  9. CR says:

    Senators reach bipartisan deal on veterans’ healthcare

    6/5/14 By By Susan Cornwell and David Lawder – Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Key senators announced on Thursday a bipartisan proposal to address a crisis in veterans’ healthcare, seeking quick action on a scandal that embarrassed the Obama administration and angered lawmakers who are strong advocates for veterans.

    The legislative proposal, which must be voted on by the full Senate, is aimed at ensuring immediate care for military veterans while giving the Obama administration greater authority to fire employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    It was reached after rare bipartisan negotiations led by Senator John McCain, a Republican, and Bernard Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats.

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned last week amid the scandal over widespread schemes to mask the long delays faced by many veterans seeking healthcare appointments at veterans’ facilities.

    Senators rushed to craft legislation in response. In Phoenix, where schemes to cover up the delays first surfaced, doctors said that 40 veterans had died while waiting for care.

    “All of us have been appalled by what we read about in Phoenix and in other locations, about people manipulating data, pretending that veterans were getting care in a timely manner, when that wasn’t the case,” Sanders, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, said on the Senate floor.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/senators-reach-bipartisan-deal-veterans-healthcare-181527021.html

  10. CR says:

    WH

    Friday, June 6, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    3:00 AM
    President Obama travels to Normandy, France

    3:50 AM
    President Obama arrives Normandy region
    Caen Carpiquet Airport, Carpiquet, France

    4:00 AM
    President Obama meets with WWII and post-9/11 U.S. veterans
    Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, , Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

    4:30 AM
    President Obama participates in the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion
    Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

    4:40 AM
    President Obama delivers remarks at the French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony
    Normandy American Cemetery Memorial, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

    5:00 AM
    6:00 AM
    7:00 AM
    President Obama arrives Château de Bénouville
    Bénouville, Normandy, France

    7:15 AM
    President Obama participates in a Leaders Family Photo
    Bénouville, Normandy, France

    7:25 AM
    President Obama attends a lunch hosted by President Hollande
    Bénouville, Normandy, France

    8:00 AM
    8:55 AM
    President Obama arrives Sword Beach
    Sword Beach, Normandy, France

    9:00 AM
    President Obama attends an international Ceremony with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II
    Sword Beach, Normandy, France

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    President Obama departs Normandy region
    Caen Carpiquet Airport, Carpiquet, France

    12:00 PM
    President Obama arrives Paris
    Paris Orly International Airport

    12:10 PM
    President Obama meets with embassy staff and family members
    Paris Orly International Airport

    12:35 PM
    President Obama departs France
    Paris Orly International Airport

    1:00 PM
    1:30 PM
    Vice President Biden meets with Hellenic-American and Cypriot-American groups to discuss his recent visit to Cyprus
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington DC

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM

    8:30 PM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews

    8:45 PM
    President Obama arrives the White House
    South Lawn

    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    Vice President Biden departs with a Presidential delegation to Kyiv, Ukraine

  11. CR says:

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    President Obama’s European Travel Itinerary

    Friday, June 6

    President Obama travels to Normandy, France

    President Obama participates in the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion
    Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

    President Obama delivers remarks at the French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony
    Normandy American Cemetery Memorial, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

    President Obama participates in a Leaders Family Photo
    Bénouville, Normandy, France

    President Obama attends a Heads of State Lunch hosted by President Hollande
    Bénouville, Normandy, France

    President Obama attends an international Ceremony with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II
    Sword Beach, Normandy, France

    President Obama meets with embassy staff and family members
    Paris Orly International Airport

    President Obama returns to Washington, D.C

    • CR says:

      June 06, 2014

      Remarks by President Obama at the 70th Anniversary of D-Day — Omaha Beach, Normandy

      Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
      Omaha Beach
      Normandy, France

      11:16 A.M. CET

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: President Hollande; to the people of France; friends; the family; our veterans:

      If prayer were made of sound, the skies over England that night would have deafened the world.

      Captains paced their decks. Pilots tapped their gauges. Commanders pored over maps, fully aware that for all the months of meticulous planning, everything could go wrong — the winds, the tides, the element of surprise — and above all, the audacious bet that what waited on the other side of the Channel would compel men not to shrink away, but to charge ahead.

      Fresh-faced GIs rubbed trinkets, kissed pictures of sweethearts, checked and re-checked their equipment. “God,” asked one, “give me guts.” And in the pre-dawn hours, planes rumbled down runways; gliders and paratroopers slipped through the sky; giant screws began to turn on an armada that looked like more ships than sea. And more than 150,000 souls set off towards this tiny sliver of sand upon which hung more than the fate of a war, but rather the course of human history.

      President Hollande, distinguished guests, I’m honored to return here today to pay tribute to the men and women of a generation who defied every danger — among them, our veterans of D-Day. And, gentlemen, we are truly humbled by your presence here today. (Applause.)

      Just last week, I received a letter from a French citizen. “Dear Mr. President, and the American people,” he wrote, “[we are] honored to welcome you… to thank you again for all the pain and efforts of [the] American people and others in our common struggle for freedom.”

      Today, we say the same to the people of France. Thank you, especially, for the generosity that you’ve shown the Americans who’ve come here over the generations — to these beaches, and to this sacred place of rest for 9,387 Americans. At the end of the war, when our ships set off for America, filled with our fallen, tens of thousands of liberated Europeans turned out to say farewell, and they pledged to take care of the more than 60,000 Americans who would remain in cemeteries on this continent. In the words of one man, we will take care of the fallen “as if their tombs were our children’s.” And the people of France, you have kept your word like the true friends you are. We are forever grateful. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/06/remarks-president-obama-70th-anniversary-d-day-omaha-beach-normandy

    • CR says:

      D-Day Anniversary: World leader gather for D-Day Anniversary

      Published on Jun 6, 2014

      D-Day Anniversary: World leaders gather for D-Day Anniversary Lunch in Normandy. France’s president leads the D-Day 70th anniversary commemorations, paying tribute to those who died on a day that “changed the world”. Media coverage of Friday’s 70th anniversary of D-Day will focus on the grandiose “international event” organised by France.

    • CR says:

      On Board: Travels with the President on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

      Published on Jun 6, 2014

      President Obama narrates this behind-the-scenes video of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day Commemoration at Omaha Beach in Normandy. http://www.whitehouse.gov

  12. CR says:

    June 05, 2014

    Presidential Proclamation –D-Day National Remembrance Day, 2014

    D-DAY NATIONAL REMEMBRANCE DAY, 2014

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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    On June 6, 1944, before dawn broke across the beaches of Normandy, scores of allied service members prepared to fight a battle that would decide the fate of freedom in the 20th century. The odds weighed against them. That year, the Nazis had fortified the Atlantic Wall against a seaborne invasion, lined the coast with mines, and planted sharpened poles to await allied paratroopers. On D-Day, American, British, and Canadian forces advanced through thickets of barbed wire and scaled heavily protected cliffs. They braved gales of bullets and artillery fire, taking heavy losses as they cut through Nazi defenses. Thousands gave their last full measure of devotion, and by the end of the day, the ground on which they died was free once more.

    Victory on D-Day dealt a significant blow to an ideology fueled by hatred. It allowed America and our allies to secure a foothold in France, open a path to Berlin, and liberate a continent from the grip of tyranny. It made possible the achievements that followed the end of World War II — the Marshall Plan, the NATO alliance, and the shared prosperity and security that flowed from each.

    Seventy years later, we pay tribute to the service members who secured a beachhead on an unforgiving shore — the patriots who, through their courage and sacrifice, changed the course of an entire century. Today, as we carry on the struggle for liberty and universal human rights, let us draw strength from a moment when free nations beat back the forces of oppression and gave new hope to the world.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 6, 2014, as D-Day National Remembrance Day. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with programs, ceremonies, and activities that honor those who fought and died so men and women they had never met might know what it is to be free.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

    BARACK OBAMA

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    U.S. Payrolls Rose 217,000 in May, Unemployment at 6.3%, Nearly a 6-Year Low

    Jun 6, 2014 6:00 AM PT By Victoria Stilwell – bloomberg

    Employers added 217,000 jobs in May to push U.S. payrolls past their pre-recession peak and the jobless rate held at an almost six-year low as the economy gained traction.

    The advance was broad-based and followed a 282,000 gain in April, figures from the Labor Department showed today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a 215,000 increase. Unemployment in May was unchanged at 6.3 percent.

    Improving business confidence as sales grow and the economy rebounds from its worst performance in three years will probably mean headcounts will continue to climb. Rising employment gives Federal Reserve policy makers reason to keep paring back record monetary stimulus.

    “We’re seeing the continuation of solid payrolls gains, which is an accomplishment for the economy and will boost consumer and business fundamentals,” said Laura Rosner, U.S. economist at BNP Paribas in New York, which forecast a 215,000 gain in payrolls. “We’re slowly moving in the direction of stronger earnings growth, which is really what we need to see for the recovery to continue.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-06/payrolls-in-u-s-rose-217-000-in-may-unemployment-rate-at-6-3-.html

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    Consumer Credit in U.S. Climbed More Than Forecast in April

    Jun 6, 2014 12:43 PM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Consumer borrowing in the U.S. rose more than projected in April as Americans boosted credit-card use by the most since November 2007.

    The $26.8 billion surge in total credit exceeded the highest estimate in a Bloomberg survey and followed a revised $19.5 billion gain in March, Federal Reserve figures showed today in Washington. Revolving lending, which includes credit cards, jumped $8.8 billion.

    More job gains and increases in stock and home values are giving consumers the confidence to borrow after years of paying down debt. The figures underscore a pickup in spending at auto dealers and shopping malls that’s helping the economy rebound from a first-quarter slump.

    “The ability of consumers to carry debt is vastly improved,” said Millan Mulraine, deputy head of U.S. research and strategy at TD Securities USA LLC in New York. “This is what we need to see for us to believe that the economy will make that transition to a self-sustaining growth trajectory.”

    Employers added 217,000 jobs in May after a 282,000 gain, a report from the Labor Department showed today. It marked the fourth straight month payrolls have increased at least 200,000, the first time that’s happened since September 1999 to January 2000.

    The gain in consumer credit was the biggest since a break in the Fed’s series due to changes in methodology in December 2010.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-06/consumer-credit-in-u-s-increased-more-than-forecast-in-april.html

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