US President Barack Obama joined the leaders of Britain and France and hundreds of World War II veterans Saturday to mark the 65th anniversary of D-Day on the beaches of Normandy.

As star guest of the commemorations, Obama was to deliver a speech before 9,000 guests and 200 US D-Day veterans at a clifftop graveyard in northern France which has become a symbol of America’s sacrifice for Europe’s freedom.

“We will never forget the pain or the extent of the suffering and may we never renounce the dream of peace and justice for humanity,” French President Nicolas Sarkozy said, in an opening address.

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This video is from CNN's Newsroom, broadcast June 6, 2009.

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