CROWDS paused to mark a poignant silence this Remembrance Sunday.
Thousands of people packed Guildhall Square as veterans, civic leaders, religious leaders and serving forces personnel took part in the day.
A gun fired at Fort Nelson on Portsdown Hill started the two minutes’ silence.
D-Day veteran Arthur Bailey, of Cosham, was at the ceremony in Guildhall Square.
He said having so many people attend the service meant a lot to him and other veterans.
The 91-year-old landed at Gold beach on D-Day and turns out each year to remember those who died.
It means an awful lot to us because we lost a lot of people and you could never forget itArthur Bailey
He said: ‘It means an awful lot to us because we lost a lot of people and you could never forget it.
‘When you come here, you think of all your people, your friends you’ve lost – it automatically happens to you.’
This year the service was led by the Very Reverend David Brindley, Dean of Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral and Father John Paul Lyttle of St John’s Roman Catholic Cathedral.
The Royal Marines Collingwood Band led the parade on to the square with veterans, sailors, cadets and scouts in attendance.
Mr Bailey added: ‘I look forward to it every year – it’s a wonderful occasion.’