Trump Joins World War II Vets at V-E Day Ceremony

11 Mai, 2020, 02:45 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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The president and first lady each placed a hand on the wreath before standing and saluting as a bugler played taps. They participated in the wreath laying and toured the memorial, stopping briefly in front of a wall etched with the phrase: "Here we mark the price of freedom".

Some slammed the White House claim that the veterans - in choosing to attend the Trump event - "chose the nation over themselves".

The veterans include 97-year-old Gregory Melikian, of Phoenix, who sent the coded message to the world that the Germans had unconditionally surrendered.

Participants in the 1944 D-Day invasion that turned the tide of the war included Steven Melnikoff, 100, of Cockeysville, Md., Guy Whidden, 97, of Braddock Heights, Md., Harold Angle, 97, of Chambersburg, Pa., and Frank Devita, 96, of Bridgewater, NJ.

Donald Halverson, 97, of Minnesota, fought in some of the war's fiercest fighting in Italy.

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Timothy Davis, director of the Greatest Generations Foundation, which helps veterans return to the countries where they fought, told The Associated Press that the USA soldiers were originally scheduled to travel to Moscow for a commemoration event.

He said that with global travel out of the question during the pandemic, the veterans talked to him about trying to commemorate the day in Washington.

"As young men, these heroes stared evil in the eyes and liberated nations - no pandemic stopped them from joining their Commander in Chief for this momentous occasion", he said.

"We need the president and his closest aides to immediately start modeling CDC guidelines and behavior that keeps veterans and elderly Americans safe, because what they're doing right now is going to get people killed", Goldsmith said.

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