SCORES of veterans attended the commemorations on Southsea Common.
Many had their own memories of leaving from Portsmouth shores 70 years ago.
A lunch was held for them and their families and guests in a marquee on the common.
In the crowd was Louise Purcell, the Poppy Appeal co-ordinator for Portsmouth, who was with 95-year old Frank Sims.
Mr Sims served in the artillery in the 51st Highland Division. He travelled from Reading and is a regular face in Portsmouth as he has attended many commemorative events in the city.
Mr Sims said: ‘I’m proud to be here. I still get about, nobody believes me when I tell them my age. I always attend these events, every year.’
Mrs Purcell, 47, from Fratton, said: ‘It’s great to take part and pay tribute to the veterans who lost so many of their comrades and subsequently must be remembered.’
For 89-year-old Muriel Drube it was a proud moment to see the veterans pay their respects for her husband Eric, who was a stoker on board HMS Cockatrice, which swept for mines ahead of the ships on D-Day.
Mrs Drube, from Milton Keynes, said: ‘We have been married for 65 years, Eric turned 90 two Saturdays ago and on his birthday he gave our granddaughter away at her wedding. With this commemoration, it has been a very important year for us.’
Mr Drube said he was one of the lucky ones. He said: ‘On D-Day we went straight into a minefield, I remember counting 300 flat mines around us, just one of them could have sunk a ship and we were in amongst them.
‘They were 10 yards from our ship. Whoever made them must have left them empty because otherwise we would’ve been blown away.’