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06 June 2024, 09:20

French embassy in Belarus marks 80 years since Normandy landings

MINSK, 6 June (BelTA) - France is holding commemorative events on 5-7 June on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings (6 June 1944), BelTA learned from the French embassy in Belarus.

“We honor the memory of the men and women who came from all over the world to liberate France and Europe from the Nazis,” the diplomatic mission said. “On 6 June 1944, the Allied landings in Normandy marked the beginning of the liberation of France and Europe. The assault launched in Normandy by the Allied troops was the first stage of the operation. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers from 15 countries landed on the beaches of Normandy to liberate France and Europe from the Nazis.”

“80 years later, France wants to express its gratitude to our yesterday’s and today’s allies by preserving the memory of this decisive event in the Second World War,” the French embassy said in a statement.

“This year's program of commemorations is dedicated to ‘those who rose up, those who suffered, those who fought and liberated’. National ceremonies will be held on these days. An international ceremony will be held at Omaha Beach on 6 June,” the embassy said. “The duty of remembrance is a moral obligation to the men and women from 15 countries who came to liberate Europe. Remembrance is part of a universal approach to unity and brotherhood. We once again wish to express our gratitude to those who united to liberate our continent.”
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