THE leaders of 17 countries gathered in France last weekend to mark the 60th anniversary of D-Day. This was the allied invasion of the Normandy coast in German-controlled France on June 6, 1944, which led to the surrender of Nazi Germany in World War II.     
上周,17个国家的元首聚集法国,庆祝诺曼底登陆60周年。1944年6月6日,盟军在诺曼底登陆,攻进了德军控制下的法国,这一行动最终导致了纳粹德国在二战中的失败。

The guests included US President George W. Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the host, President Jacques Chirac of France. Also present was Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, the first German leader ever to take part in the D-Day remembrance event.     
出席庆典的各国元首包括美国总统乔治·布什,英国首相托尼·布莱尔,俄罗斯总统弗拉基米尔·普京以及做为东道主的法国总统雅克·希拉克。德国总理格哈德·施罗德也做为德国历史上首位参加诺曼底登陆纪念活动的国家领导人出席了仪式。
 
Chirac said he wanted “both a festival, with moments of seriousness, and a signal that finally we can live in peace.”
希拉克表示,他希望这个日子能引发人们认真回顾历史,也能象征和平最终来临。

Though this invitation to Germany was criticized by some, Hamlaoui Mekachera, French War Veterans Minister, said it is time to turn the page.     
尽管这次邀请德国参与庆典的做法遭到了一些人的置疑,但法国退伍军人事务部长级代表哈姆拉维·梅卡舍拉解释说,是该翻开历史新篇章的时候了。
 
“We want to use the past for the future and the future for us is the building of a lasting peace,” he said. “When the past serves this lasting peace, why not?”     
“历史的作用就是帮助我们创造更好的未来,而我们的未来就是维护和平”,他说,“如果历史能帮助我们维护持久的和平,那么何乐而不为呢?”

The event also saw France try to ease tension with the US following Chirac’s opposition to the war in Iraq. The Legion of Honour, the country’s highest award, was presented to 300 veterans, including 100 Americans, at a June 5 ceremony in Paris.
同时,这次活动也恰好打破了因希拉克反对伊拉克战争而导致的法美之间的僵局。当天,在巴黎举行的纪念仪式上,还为包括100位美国人在内的300位退伍军人颁发了代表法国最高荣誉的荣誉团勋章。

This was a friendly sign to assure Americans that France remembers, and remains thankful for their support and sacrifices during World War II .     
法国以此来表示他们仍然感激二战中美国对法国的支持以及为法国做出的牺牲。


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