D-Day 70: Hundreds join veterans at Portsmouth remembrance service

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IT WAS a memorable event for those who took part in D-Day in 1944.

And today, 70 years on, the events from that historic day have not been forgotten.

Hundreds of people gathered at the D-Day memorial stone in South Parade, Southsea, for a remembrance service.

Veterans, their families, religious figures, city dignitaries and members of the public, are joined in paying tribute to those who died for Operation Overload in the Second World War.

Crowds go on to their feet and erupted in applause as veterans marched to the stone.

Prayers were led by Revd Canon Bob White, of St Mary’s Church, in Fratton.

Following the ceremony there was a parade for those who wished to march, from the D-Day memorial stone along the seafront past the D-Day Museum and the statue of Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery to Southsea Common.

Historic vehicles and members of the modern armed forces will be available to assist Second World War veterans in getting from the D-Day Stone to the common.

Live coverage of the commemorative events in Normandy will be streamed on to big screens in the common, and friends and family are invited to take picnics and watch them unfold.

And other events are also taking place in the Portsmouth area:

. At 1pm in North Street Car Park, Emsworth, nine schools will perform their own drama stories for around an hour.

. At 7pm short films featuring D-Day veterans, a free screening of The Longest Day and a live performance by The Poppy Girls will take place.

. At 8pm Christ Church, in Portsdown, will host a vigil like the church did 70 years ago. There will also be a 1940s-themed tea party.

Click here for details of the 70th anniversary supplement published by The News to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day