جرى اكبر تجمع دولي للمحاربين القدماء في السادس من يونيو حزيران 2004 لاحياء الذكرى السنوية الستين لانزال الحلفاء في نورماندي بفرنسا. وقد حضر الاحتفالات عدد كبير من زعماء العالم. تقرير وليم هورسلي:
There was strong symbolism in a speech here by Germany's Chancellor Schroeder, the first German leader to attend an event of this kind. He said: ؟We in Germany know our responsibility for history and take it seriously. German soldiers were sent on a murderous mission to oppress Europe.؟
It was a memorable day for thousands of
from fourteen nations which played a part in D-Day or the Battle of Normandy. Dozens of memorial services, fly-pasts and gatherings on famous battlefields turned it into a huge festival of commemoration on the beaches and towns of Normandy. The veterans had pride of place as they honoured their fallen comrades in the war cemeteries.
Among more than twenty world leaders, US President Bush and France's President Chirac paid their own emotional tributes and put current political differences aside.
Mr Bush said the transatlantic alliance, forged in war, was as strong and necessary as ever. Mr Chirac said France would never forget the debt of gratitude it owed to the nations which liberated France and much of Europe. He also declared that France's cooperation with Germany was an example to others of reconciliation and international understanding.
had pride of place
رفاقهم الذين قتلوا في الحرب
paid their own emotional tributes
القيا خطبا عاطفية بالمناسبة
the transatlantic alliance
the debt of gratitude
مدينون بالشكر والعرفان