Bush for service at D-Day beaches in Normandy


US President Mr George W. Bush is observing today's US Memorial Day with a visit to Normandy where the D-Day landings took place 58 years ago.

Mr Bush will speak to citizens of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first town in France to be liberated by US troops. He will also give a speech at the Normandy American Cemetery in nearby Colleville-sur-Mer. The cemetery is home to the graves of 9,387 men and women killed in the war.

President Mr George W. Bush with French President Mr Jacques Chirac during a press conference in Paris yesterday Photo: Reuters

Mr Bush said he would also use the Normandy visit to discuss the war on terrorism and "talk about modern-day sacrifices. We still fight people who hate civilisation. They can't stand freedom".

French President Mr Jacques Chirac will join Mr Bush and his wife at Normandy.