US President Barack Obama has praised the British Blitz spirit in a speech to thousands of veterans to mark the 65th anniversary of D-Day. He joined the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the Prince of Wales and French leader Nicolas Sarkozy at the American Cemetery above Omaha beach in Normandy yesterday. Gordon Brown spoke of the Second World War's legacy and of trouble in Darfur, Burma, Zimbabwe. One of Hollywood's biggest stars has joined world leaders in paying tribute to the thousands of soldiers who took part in the D-Day landings. Tom Hanks, who starred in war film Saving Private Ryan, was in Normandy for yesterday's commemorations. Speaking as he travelled there by train from Paris with veterans of the campaign he praised their self-less actions.