Obama honors WWII, 9/11 generations at Normandy

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France - President Barack Obama says the American commitment to liberty that is "written in blood" on the beaches of Normandy endures with a new generation.

Friday, Obama honored the legacy of World War II veterans in a visit to France's Omaha Beach on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

spoke during a ceremony at the American cemetery, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones overlook the site of the battle's bloodiest fighting at Omaha Beach.

The anniversary events are taking on their own significance in a modern-day geopolitical crisis. Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning to attend along with other world leaders who are standing against his aggressive moves in Ukraine.