"The fact that I can be here today in my capacity as German Chancellor, and that we can work together today for peace and liberty is a gift of history, a gift that we must protect and preserve," said Chancellor Angela Merkel following the celebrations in Portsmouth on the south coast of England.
D-Day paved the way for reconciliation
Angela Merkel also declared that the Allied landing, 75 years ago "paved the way for reconciliation, unification within Europe and the entire post-war order, which has now brought us more than seventy years of peace".
She paid tribute to the "incredible sacrifices" involved in this military operation, "which ultimately freed us in Germany from National Socialism".
Leaders come together to commemorate D-Day
The ceremony was attended by members of the British royal family, including the Queen, as well as heads of state and government, with the Chancellor. American President Donald Trump was also in Portsmouth. On the sidelines of the commemorations, Angela Merkel met with the President for short talks.
Following the celebrations, the Chancellor met with veterans, who were among the troops involved in D-Day.
The D-Day commemorations are intended to pay tribute to all the people who, in June 1944, stood up courageously to the National Socialist reign of terror and oppression. Many of them paid with their lives to liberate Europe.