Macron Thanks D-Day Veteran on Behalf of France: 'I Bow to Your Courage'


French President Emmanuel Macron took time in his address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday to thank a World War II veteran, who fought on D-Day, for helping set France free from Nazi Germany’s tyranny.

“Since 1776, we, the American and French people, have had a rendezvous with freedom,” Macron said. “And with it comes sacrifices. That is why we are very honored by the presence today of Robert Jackson Ewald, a World War II veteran. Robert Jackson Ewald took part in the D-Day landing.”

“He fought for our freedom 74 years ago,” the French leader added.

Then looking straight at Ewald in the visitors gallery, Macron said, “Sir, on behalf of France, thank you. I bow to your courage and your devotion.”

All the members of Congress responded with a standing ovation for the World War II hero.

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The D-Day battle — launched on June 6, 1944 — took place on the shores of Normandy, France, and marked the pivotal moment in the Western European theater of war. It led directly to the liberation of the entire country of France in the ensuing months.

The Allied nations of the United States, Great Britain and Canada together amassed 5000 ships, 20,000 vehicles (including over 1000 tanks), 175,000 men, and over 10,000 aircraft for the largest amphibious operation ever undertaken in the history of the world.

In his “Order of the Day” to the Allied forces, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower said, “The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.

“In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German War Machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves and a free world.”

The Allies suffered approximately 10,000 casualties on D-Day, with the Americans fighting on Omaha Beach experiencing some of the fiercest fighting. Ewald was an Army surgeon on Omaha Beach.

A little over two-and-half months after launching the Normandy invasion, the Allies liberated Paris on August 25.

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On Tuesday, Macron awarded the Legion of Honor to Ewald, as well as to U.S. Navy veteran Stanley Rzucidlo and Air Force veteran William Barr, CNN reported.

Rzucidlo also participated in D-Day, and Barr served on a bomber plane in operations over Brest, France.

Macron told the veterans that the French people are grateful for all they and their brothers-in-arms did.

“My generation has the opportunity to defend these values today because your generation, and especially people like you, decided to take all the risks to protect these values, to protect my country,” Macron said, adding that he was “also paying tribute to the blood shed by all your comrades.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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