& # 39; I avoided the bullets faster than Usain Bolt & # 39 ;: one of the heroes from Normandy tells his story
Sixteen countries have signed a statement promising to work together to ensure that the & # 39; unimaginable horror & # 39; of the Second World War is not repeated.
The declaration, agreed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy in the D-Day, commits the countries to work together to peacefully resolve & # 39; international tensions & # 39 ;.
The text has been approved by the 16 countries attending the Portsmouth D-Day commemorations: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, the UK and the US.
This is the full text of the statement: & # 39; Seventy-five years ago, our countries were about to engage in a decisive battle.
& # 39; On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed in Normandy, indicating the beginning of the end of the war in Europe. The victims on all sides were immense, with hundreds of thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians killed or wounded in the days and weeks that followed.
& # 39; We are standing together today to honor the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice on D-Day, and those many millions of men and women who perished during World War II, the greatest conflict in the history of humanity.
& # 39; We confirm that it is our shared responsibility to ensure that the unimaginable horror of these years is never repeated.
& # 39; Over the past 75 years, our nations have stood up for peace in Europe and globally, for democracy, tolerance and the rule of law.
& # 39; We re-attach ourselves today to those shared values because they support the stability and prosperity of our nations and people. We will work together as allies and friends to defend these freedoms when they are threatened.
& # 39; We commit ourselves to work constructively as friends and allies to find a common basis where we have disagreements and to work together to resolve international tensions in a peaceful way.
& # 39; We will act decisively, with courage and tenacity, to protect our people from threats to our values and challenges to peace and stability.
& # 39; In this way we greet the surviving veterans of D-Day and honor the memories of those who have gone before us.
& # 39; We will ensure that the sacrifices of the past are never in vain and never forgotten. & # 39;
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