Veterans encouraged to mark D-Day anniversary in Portsmouth

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VETERANS who are unable to travel to Normandy for this year’s 70th anniversary of D-Day are being urged to come to Portsmouth instead.

Lord Astor, the Under Secretary of State and Lords Spokesman on Defence has said any veteran who cannot travel to France for the commemorations there should consider visiting the city as an alternative.

Portsmouth is to be the main focus of D-Day commemorative events for the UK.

The city was one of the main locations along the south coast where tens of thousands of servicemen embarked for the invasion on June 6, 1944.

Lord Astor said: ‘I would urge any veterans who are unable for any reason to travel to Normandy to consider joining the commemorations in Portsmouth.

‘The Ministry of Defence is working closely with a range of stakeholders including the Normandy Veterans Association, the Royal British Legion, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Portsmouth City Council and the French authorities in order to ensure all commemorative events are a success.’

Princess Anne will join veterans, members of the armed forces and the public to mark this year’s 70th anniversary of D-Day in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth City Council is encouraging all Normandy veterans to contact them to make sure they are 
invited to all the events taking place.

For more information, you can call (023) 9283 4109 or e-mail

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