Trump and Macron met in the Normandy town of Colleville-sur-Mer at an American cemetery, which overlooks Omaha Beach, where more than 2,400 U.S. troops were killed on D-Day.
The American president watched the French leader award the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest award for merit, to five U.S. veterans. The two presidents later left for a working lunch in nearby Caen.
The Normandy landings remain the largest ever amphibious invasion and paved the way for western Europe’s liberation.
Under the cover of darkness, thousands of Allied paratroopers jumped behind Germany’s coastal defences. Then, as day broke, warships pounded German positions before hundreds of landing craft disgorged the infantry troops under a barrage of machine-gun fire and artillery.
Thousands were killed on both sides on the beaches, codenamed Gold, Juno, Sword, Utah and Omaha by the Allies.
(Production: Ardee Napolitano)