LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) -- Seventy years ago today, the largest invitation led to the end of Word War II. More than 150,000 Americans and allied troops rolled ashore on the beaches of Normandy, France.
President Obama is there Friday morning - along with other world leaders - to remember that day.
The enemy back then was Nazi Germany.
Today, it's Russia.
Even though both countries presidents will stand together in Normandy today, they are no longer united.
Today's iconic backdrop - the beach where nearly 45,000 Americans lost their lives in a massive invasion that ended World War II.
As President Obama visits the cemetery and dines with 17 world leaders today, all eyes are on him and Russian President Vladimir Putin, their first face-to-face encounter since Russia invaded Ukraine.
The U.S. and Europe are giving Russia a month to recognize Ukraine's new president, stop arms from crossing the border and stop supporting pro-Russian separatists.
On this 70th anniversary of D-Day, when the world came together to end one country's aggression, there is uncertainty whether the world's two most powerful nations will once again be able to deliver peace.
The president actually attending two D-Day ceremonies in France today.
He's due back in Washington Friday night.