The five beaches are silent at dawn but forever haunted.
Among those will be an event attended by Macron and US President Donald Trump at the US war cemetery at Omaha Beach.
The site overlooking Omaha Beach holds 9,400 graves - just 40 percent of the American forces killed during the weeks of fighting that followed the D-Day landings. "They work very well together", the USA leader added.
"Sorry", he said, tearing up.
In English, Macron turned to the veterans on the stage and said: "We know that we owe to you, veterans, our freedom".
The invasion of Omaha Beach, the toughest area to secure because of its hard terrain and most heavily embedded defenses, was assigned to American forces, who were also responsible for taking Utah Beach. He spent more than 400 days in captivity before finally being freed.
Still, that single day cost the lives of 4414 Allied troops, 2501 of them Americans and 18 Australians. More than 5,000 were injured.More news: Joe Biden’s Lead Shrinks As First Democratic Debate Nears
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Both Lambert and his brother, Bill, survived a day that began with the massacre of thousands of USA soldiers on the beaches, the victims of artillery and intense German machine gun fire.
From there, Allied troops would advance their fight, take Paris in late summer and march in a race against the Soviets to control as much German territory as possible by the time Adolf Hitler died in his Berlin bunker and Germany surrendered in May 1945.
"They battled not for control and domination, but for liberty, democracy and self-rule".
Even some of President Donald Trump's typically harsh critics offered uncharacteristic praise for the commander-in-chief on Thursday, following his speech commemorating the 75th anniversary of the historic D-Day operation of World War II. "But the wartime generation - my generation - is resilient, and I am delighted to be with you in Portsmouth today", the 93-year-old monarch said.
He noted that numerous men who lost their lives here were fathers who would never meet their infant sons and daughters because they had a job to do.
And to our veterans, here in Normandy, I want to say the only words we can: thank you.
"I had been back to France, but I hadn't been to Normandy".
Radford, who was born in Hull and now lives in South East London, said he wrote the song during his first visit to Normandy after the war. But on Wednesday, when he floated in a tandem jump from a C-47 transporter, he was met by cheering crowds.
This time, they jumped in tandem with members of the Army's Parachute Regiment display team, the Red Devils - and were greeted by cheers. Since leaving the military, Harry has continued to support other veterans and members of armed services worldwide through his Invictus Games. We did a lot of destruction, damage. "He may hurl back our forces but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph". "You can close the issue now".