Three U.S. veterans of World War II had a special moment with President Donald Trump last week when the President recognized them during a speech he gave at the U.S. Embassy in France, and he and First Lady Melania Trump also went into the crowd and shook the veterans’ hands.
While the speech was not widely covered, there were more than 200 active service personnel and Embassy workers’ family members at the intimate event.
Among the crowd were three American World War II veterans: Donald Cobb of the USS Murphy, Steven Melnikoff of the 29th Infantry and Joseph Reilly of the 101st Airborne.
The three men served during World War II and helped liberate France on D-Day more than 70 years ago.
The guests of honor and true American heroes were pointed out by President Trump, who said: “These are real heroes […] These courageous men helped to liberate this continent and win the war.”
On June 6, 1944, the Allies invaded German-occupied Western Europe by way of Normandy, France, during World War II. From D-Day through August 21, the Allies sent more than two million soldiers into Northern France and suffered more than 226,386 casualties. The Allied countries included the United States, Great Britain, France, Canada, Australia and China.
The President and First Lady also went into the crowd to personally thank the service members.