“If I may I particularly wanted to address my first remarks directly to those who’s presence today either in person or online really matters the most
“I know just how much our incomparable veterans had hoped to be in Normandy today to see their memorial for themselves.
“Despite having to watch via satellite link, this in no way obsucures the enormous regard and admiration in which we hold our veterans.”
“May god bless our veterans, the families and all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
“As a result of the operations around D-Day and during the battle of Normandy.
“Ladies and gentlemen, as the wonders of modern technology could only do so much and I can’t quite reach from London.
“I ask the British Ambassador to France, Lord Llewellyn, to open formally the British-Normandy memorial on my behalf.”
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