A day before the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe, President Barack Obama paid tribute to the soldiers and heroes who fought against Nazi Germany in the 1940s.
“Seventy years ago tomorrow, the world celebrated a generation of young Americans who thundered across the a continent to liberate a people — young Americans who were willing to lay down their lives for people they’d never met and ideals that we can’t live without,” the president said on May 7 (video below).
The president also called for continued support between the United States and European nations “on behalf of our common values.” Most recently, Europe has been crucial in continuing the months-long process of peace negotiations with Iran, set to be fully completed by the end of June.
According to BBC News, vintage warplanes representing those of the time period of World War II are flying over Washington, D.C., on May 8 in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of V-E Day.
“This was the generation that literally saved the world — that ended the war and laid a foundation for peace,” the president noted in his weekly address to the public. “We will be forever grateful for what these remarkable men and women did, for the selfless grace they showed in one of our darkest hours.”
The flyover is the first time aircraft have been allowed to fly over the U.S. Capitol since the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. Sources expect nearly 10,000 people to be at the commemoration event in Washington D.C.
Here is President Obama's full address:
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