BELLEAU, France (NEWSnet/AP) — President Joe Biden closed his trip to France by paying respects at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery.

He placed a wreath at the cemetery chapel before an expanse of headstones marking the final resting place of more than 2,200 U.S. soldiers who fought in World War I.

The trip in part marked the 80th anniversary of D-Day and celebrated the alliance between United States and France.

Biden’s trip was full of emotional moments, and the president grew heavy-eyed after meeting with World War II veterans. A 21-gun salute cast eerie smoke over 9,388 white marble headstones at Normandy American Cemetery.

At Aisne-Marne, Biden said the trip “surprised me how much it awakened my sense of why it’s so valuable to have these alliances. Why it’s so critical. That’s the way you stop wars, not start wars.”

Biden's trip also was punctuated by the pomp of a state visit in Paris.

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