Obama will travel to Normandy for 70th anniversary of D Day

February 11

President Obama (R) and French President Francois Hollande stand together during a State Arrival ceremony in Hollande's honor on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

President Obama will travel to Normandy, France, in June for the 70th anniversary of D Day.

Obama was also there for the 65th anniversary in 2009. On Tuesday, he accepted French President Francois Hollande's invitation to attend the event on June 6. Hollande is currently on a state visit to Washington.

"I was there for the 65th anniversary, and it was an extraordinary experience," Obama said. "I'm looking forward to returning to honor our remarkable veterans and to reaffirm this extraordinary alliance."

Hollande added: "This will be a strong message, because we will commemorate the sacrifice made by those soldiers, but we will also celebrate reconciliation and peace."

On the same trip, Obama will also travel to Sochi, Russia for a G8 Summit. That will take place prior to the D Day ceremony, on June 4 and 5.

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