Obama Honors D-Day Veterans on 70th Anniversary
U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute to World War II veterans at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the *D-Day invasion. The cemeterywhere the ceremony was held was near the beaches where more than 160,000 Allied troops launched the massive assault on a shoreline heavilyfortified by German forces. Though about 4,500 died that day, Allied forces ultimately defeated the Nazis throughout Europe. The leaders of eighteen countries and thousands of veterans took part in the ceremony.
In his speech, Obama told the stories of Americans who fought their way into Normandy on June 6, 1944 and he praised the veterans who took part in D-Day for changing the course of human history. In addition to those who fought in Normandy, Obama praised the massive machinery that bolstered the D-Day invasion–some 5,000 ships and landing craft, about 11,000 planes and 30,000 vehicles, the largest armada in history.
For some time after 1944, D-Day had not had the resonance it has had in recent decades, partly because many veterans were reluctant to talk about their brutal experiences. Obama said, “Whenever the world makes youcynical, stop and think of these men.” D-Day has become a moment of national consecration. Soon, the last veterans of D-Day and World War II will be gone, but their spirit can live on.
1. veteran n. 退伍軍人
2. cemetery n. 公墓
3. troop n. 部隊
4. assault n. 襲擊；攻占
5. fortify v. 構築堡壘
6. bolster v. 援助
7. armada n. 艦隊
8. resonance n. 共鳴
9. cynical adj. 憤世嫉俗的；懷疑人間有真誠善意的
10. consecration n. 神聖化；祝聖（儀式）