President Trump and First Lady Melania Participate in D-Day Flag Presentation – (Video and Transcript)…

Earlier today President Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence together with their spouses, participated in a presentation ceremony with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.  The Dutch delegation delivered a U.S flag from D-Day to be displayed at the Smithsonian.

During the event President Trump announced a U.S. military defensive action that resulted in the destroying of a hostile Iranian drone. [Video and Transcript Below]

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[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you. Before I begin, I want to apprise everyone of an incident in the Strait of Hormuz today involving USS Boxer, a Navy amphibious assault ship. The Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone, which had closed into a very, very near distance, approximately 1,000 yards, ignoring multiple calls to stand down and was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew. The drone was immediately destroyed.

This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters. The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, our facilities, and interests, and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce.

I also call on other nations to protect their ships as they go through the Strait, and to work with us in the future. Thank you very much.

I thought you should you know that.

I’m honored to be here with Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands — fantastic country; incredibly successful country — and so many of our Dutch friends who have come with Mark. I want to thank you all for being with us in the East Room of the White House. Thank you all for being here. I appreciate it. Thank you. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

Thank you also to Vice President Pence and Acting Secretary of Defense Richard Spencer for joining us. Thank you, Richard, Mike.

Last month, Melania and I traveled to the United Kingdom and France to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Together, we paid tribute to every courageous patriot who fought to liberate Europe from the evil of Nazi rule.

Today, on behalf of the American people, I will receive an American flag that flew aboard a ship carrying the first waves of United States service members to land in Normandy. Seventy-five years after that momentous day — and that is truly a momentous day; one of the most powerful, most important days in the history of our world — it is my honor to welcome this great American flag back home where it belongs.

I want to thank the Prime Minister, as well as U.S. Ambassador Peter Hoekstra. Pete, thank you. Thank you very much, Peter. You’re doing a great job. And Dutch Ambassador Hendrik Schuwer, for being here today and for their devoted efforts to deepen the abiding ties between the United States and the Netherlands. Our relationship has never been closer than it is today.

We are also profoundly moved to be joined by several incredible World War Two veterans who helped defeat the Nazis and save freedom for all humanity.

With us is Jack Goldstein, who served in Europe during the war. Jack? Where’s Jack? (Applause.) Thank you, Jack. Thank you. Thank you very much, Jack. Along with Steven Melnikoff and Harold Angle, both veterans of the Normandy campaign. (Applause.) Thank you very much, fellas. And they went on to fight in the Netherlands. Thank you, fellas. That’s incredible. Thank you all three. You look great. Young guys. (Laughter.) Thank you very much.

This event would not be possible without the extraordinary generosity of the flag’s two donors from the Netherlands: Mr. Bert Kreuk, and his uncle and business partner, Mr. Theo Schols. And I want to thank you very much. Where are they? Thank you very much. That’s great. (Applause.) Very much, thank you.
And thank you for preserving our history and for watching over the immortal legacy of our D-Day heroes. That’s what you did. Thank you. And I know it was expensive. Two rich people, I assume, right? (Laughter.) Huh? I appreciate it. Thank you.

On June 6, 1944, the flag we receive today flew aboard Landing Craft Control 60. And it was approached, and when it approached Utah Beach — I was there very recently with the First Lady, and it was something incredible to see.

Commanding the ship was a young Navy lieutenant, two days shy of his 27th birthday, named Howard Vander Beek. Amid treacherous German minefields, raging winds, and rough seas, Lieutenant Vander Beek and his crew led an astonishing 19 waves of American troops and equipment to those very, very dangerous beaches. Through it all, this flag soared proudly above the waters of the English Channel, announcing the arrival of our American warriors.

After completing his mission on D-Day, Lieutenant Vander Beek took the flag — now bearing the scars of German machinegun fire and stained, all over it, with dirt and diesel and blood. He carried it with him in his backpack for the remainder of the war and kept the flag until his death in 2014.

Soon after, the flag was purchased at auction by Mr. Kreuk and Mr. Schols, whose relatives were among the hundreds of Dutch who perished in the German bombings of Rotterdam in 1940.

These two gentlemen paid half a million dollars to obtain the flag, just so they could return it as a gift to the American people and to the United States of America.

As they explained, they wanted to thank the United States for the extraordinary sacrifice our service members made to liberate their nation and all of Europe in World War Two. So nice. Thank you very much. So nice.

Thousands of Americans gave their lives on D-Day, and many thousands more gave their lives to drive the Nazis from the Netherlands.

Following today’s ceremony, the extraordinary flag will be displayed at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History — and very proudly.

With us this afternoon are Secretary of the Smithsonian, a friend of mine, Lonnie Bunch. Lonnie, thank you very much for being here. (Applause.) And Director of the Museum of American History, Anthea Hartig. Anthea, thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you.

And I know they will take great care of this priceless American artifact. Thank you very much for being here, both. I know they share Mr. Kreuk’s vision for the flag. As he said, it will tell visitors from around the world about the story of freedom.

With their help, this wonderful flag will be preserved forever and ever in American history, as it should be. It will always be a reminder of the supreme sacrifice of our warriors, and the beautiful friendship between the Dutch and the American people.

And now, I would like to introduce a very special man, a man I’ve gotten to know very well during our strong negotiations on trade and our negotiations on the military and NATO and all of the other things we’ve been talking about for so long, it seems like right now. A Prime Minister who is very, very popular in his country. A great gentleman. And you’re going to say a few words, and then Mr. Kreuk and Secretary Bunch will tell us more about the treasured gift that they presented us with.

So I want to thank you all, and God bless America.

Mr. Prime Minister?

[End Transcript]

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34 Responses to President Trump and First Lady Melania Participate in D-Day Flag Presentation – (Video and Transcript)…

  1. gary says:

    google ‘all this for a damn flag’ and read michelles lips.

    Liked by 5 people

  2. Michael Brower says:

    May God bless all of the brave men who stormed the beach and parachuted into harms way on the day. May God Bless America and keep her free.

    Liked by 21 people

  3. A2 says:

    👍👍👍

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  4. GB Bari says:

    The patriots who died for this flag are priceless.
    The patriots who bought this flag for a half million dollars and donated it to the Smithsonian are notable as well.

    The patriot who now occupies the Oval Office proves the first two patriots’ actions worthwhile.

    Liked by 21 people

    • JC says:

      Indeed, GB. 👍🏻
      Seeing this battered and stained flag took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes.

      Liked by 7 people

    • GGHD says:

      GB Bari, very good comment. … $500,000 is a lot of money to spend, and then give to the American people by, = ” the flag’s two donors from the >Netherlands: Mr. Bert Kreuk, and his uncle and business partner, Mr. Theo Schols.”

      GB Bari, you’re also >right about President Trump being a Patriot. … He said,
      “After completing his mission on D-Day, Lieutenant Vander Beek took the flag — now bearing the scars of German machinegun fire and stained, all over it, with dirt and diesel and blood. He carried it with him in his backpack for the remainder of the war and kept the flag until his death in 2014.”
      …. “Soon after, the flag was purchased at auction by Mr. Kreuk and Mr. Schols, whose relatives were among the hundreds of Dutch who perished in the German bombings of Rotterdam in 1940.”
      …. “These two gentlemen paid half a million dollars to obtain the flag, just so they could return it as a gift to the American people and to the United States of America.”
      …. “As they explained, they wanted to thank the United States for the extraordinary sacrifice our service members made to liberate their nation and all of Europe in World War Two. So nice. ~>>Thank you very much. So nice.”

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    • jebg46 says:

      It brings tears to hear their genuine gratitude for our US patriots saving the Netherlands from the Nazis all these years later. Our history must be taught to the next generations so it will never be forgotten. It is the only way to conquer tyranny.

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  5. mike says:

    We honor the WWII generation’s sacrifices and memories but have failed on our own beach heads with the current Invasion and our internal traitors so far. Thanks for VSGPDJT, still many miles to go.

    As for Iran, they now know what “too close” is. They still owe us a real drone too. However we should not be triggered by fake news drumming up war, like about the “tiny” oil smugglers’ boat with Iranian oil that got seized by Iran. That was a legit customs function, and we should say that to the world. (Promotion of law and order, where ever) Not like a foreign Ultra Large Crude Carrier 400-500x larger, with Q8, Saudi or Iraq oil in legal commerce, when we play world policeman for the seas. (We need to find better means)

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  6. mopar2016 says:

    Wonderful article Sundance, thank you. What a beautiful historic flag.
    I have an older flag with 48 stars that I’m proud of, but seeing this big historic one is very special.
    KAG

    Liked by 6 people

  7. graficgod says:

    can’t be more presidential. so glad i voted trump. will vote for him again in 2020! bigger landslide than reagan ’84

    Liked by 4 people

  8. RE: The USS Boxer

    I guess its a drone for a drone – something like an eye for an eye.

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    • A2 says:

      If you read the account of the USSN Boxer and the Iranian drone, it was warned to say away and the ship did defensive manoeuvres. the operators ignored it and got dangerously close to the ship.this wasn’t just a reconnaissance mission. It was threatening the ship and US personnel.

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      • Kent says:

        ..yet another provocation by the Iranian mullahs and the Islamic Republican Guard…the illegitimate government of Iran…not the government of the people…

        Liked by 1 person

  9. The Gipper Lives says:

    It’s racist to refer to Valerie Jarrett as an Iranian drone.

    But accurate.

    Liked by 2 people

  10. rayvandune says:

    “The drone was immediately destroyed.”

    Probably dispatched by “Close-In Weapons System” or CIWS, AKA “Sea Whiz”. Been around forever, but might have been its first for-real engagement?

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  11. rayvandune says:

    “The drone was immediately destroyed.”

    Probably dispatched by “Close-In Weapons System” or CIWS, AKA “Sea Whiz”. Been around forever, but might have been its first for-real engagement?

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  12. Mikgen says:

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?462778-1/dutch-prime-minister-presents-us-day-flag-president-trump

    The c-span video of the same event but a few seconds longer. Scroll right to the end and see who the President greets when walking off stage.
    h/t Devil in the old drapes

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    • ledygrey says:

      Yes, I noticed also. It looked like DiGenova & Toensing deliberately stepped into the aisle to make sure the President greeted them on his way out.

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    • CountryDoc says:

      Please make the implications/meaning/background clearer. Is the couple considered white or black hats? I thought they were representing Flynn. what do you suspect?

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  13. Troublemaker10 says:

    Liked by 3 people

  14. azchick says:

    My Dad landed on Utah Beach D+13. I cried when I visited. Thanks Dad.

    Liked by 6 people

  15. GSparrow says:

    Those that disrespect or excoriate the beautiful Stars and Stripes flag are ignorant, contemptible or both. Imagine the importance of this incredible flag and what it meant to the scared but brave men fighting under it at Normandy and countless other perilous locations. To them, it was a precious piece of home and a visual representation of all the great things they were fighting for and possibly dying for: Freedom, liberty, peace, democracy and so on.

    I can’t imagine a better time to receive this flag back to the country it came from and represented. The grand old flag has been unjustly under despicable “progressive” attack lately but it will surely live on long after the protesters and whiners are no more. God Bless the flag and the USA.

    The Dutch including their school children have been expressing their genuine gratitude ever since the war ended and have warmly and generously thanked many visiting American, British and Canadian veterans over the years. It was a fabulous ceremony. (This video deserves a wide distribution. Maybe show the donor Mr. Kreuks’ speech at a Trump Flag Rally)

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  16. tominellay says:

    People complain that Mr. Trump is supposedly “unpresidential”, but I find that he is very gracious when he speaks on formal occasions like this. He says “thank you” at least a dozen times, and includes many people by name. I think he’s extremely good at this…

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mac says:

      President Trump is actually a very polite person. Treat him well and you’ll get the same treatment back, in spades. Wherever he goes, the wait staff love him because he is both pleasant and tips very well. If the waiters/waitresses like you, that speaks very well for your character.

      On the other hand, if you pick a fight with him, be prepared to get hammered. That is how he plays the game, and he plays it extraordinarily well. If you’re dealing with President Trump, there is a simple rule to follow that I learned long ago in Texas: don’t start any trouble, won’t be any trouble.

      Democrats can’t seem to understand that principle. Their idea is that they get to say and do whatever they like while any resistance from their victims is “racist” and “prejudiced.” President Trump, for the first time in a very long time, is showing those leftist liars that there is a price to be paid for their bad behavior. I am very glad to see it.

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  17. fred5678 says:

    BACK STORY on Bert Kreuk:

    “In the memoir, Kreuk also traces his family history and recounts how and why he became a collector in the first place. The book details his rough childhood under a violent father, which he escaped by moving with an uncle to America. He started out penniless and built up a successful business serving the airline industry. The same uncle opened his eyes to art with museum visits. He became interested the Romantics, then the Impressionists, and finally developed a passion for contemporary art.

    One of Kreuk’s most meaningful acquisitions is on the book’s cover. In 2016, Kreuk bought the flag that was flown on US Navy vessel LCC 60, which stormed the beaches of Europe on D-Day, for some $514,000 at Heritage Auctions. His family owed the servicemen on those boats a great debt, he says, since he lost relatives in Nazi bombing raids on Rotterdam in 1940. On the cover, that US flag, pierced by a German bullet, is set against a background of peeling gold leaf—one of Vō’s signature materials.”

    https://news.artnet.com/art-world/new-book-collector-bert-kreuk-936707

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  18. Was I asleep, did we have events honoring America and its history, flag, traditions during the poser’s regime, or did we just honor hollyweirdos and pedos? It is impossible to imagine him respecting and honoring this flag, this guardian, this service, with the passion and glory it deserves.

    Mr. Kreuk articulates so beautifully the honor to be the guardian of this flag, it reminds me of the words of the soldiers who accompany our fallen to their hometowns (I saw Taking Chance).

    For the fallen on foreign soil the flag “is the last piece of America they will ever see.” This is a beautiful gesture, a beautiful flag.

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  19. Jennifer Verner says:

    The speech from the Dutch gentleman who gave us the flag was very moving. It made me cry.

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