D-Day anniversary

Eddie Wallace, 90, salutes those who gave their lives in the Normandy Landings in 1944 on the 69th anniversary of D-Day at the D-Day stone Southsea.  ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (131539-833)
Eddie Wallace, 90, salutes those who gave their lives in the Normandy Landings in 1944 on the 69th anniversary of D-Day at the D-Day stone Southsea. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (131539-833)
HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier leaves Portsmouth Naval Base for the first time on October 30. 

Picture: Malcolm Wells

HMS Queen Elizabeth due into Portsmouth next week

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DOZENS of people gathered for a memorial service to commemorate the 69th anniversary of D-Day.

Veterans and members of the public gathered at the D-Day memorial stone on Southsea seafront this morning.

Members of the Portsmouth South branch of the Royal British Legion gathered to pay their respects.

A short service with prayers was led by Father Bob White, of St Mary’s Church in Fratton.

Afterwards, wreaths were presented at the stone and a bugler played the Last Post.

Meanwhile, the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth opened its doors for free to visitors to mark the occasion.

Veterans from the Normandy Veterans Association were answering questions and talking about their experiences.