WREATHES were laid at the war memorial in Lee-on-the-Solent to remember the men who never came home.
A poignant service took place at the seafront.
On the back of the order of service were 12 names – all officers and lieutenants from Royal Naval Air Station Lee-on-the-Solent who lost their lives from D-Day to June 25, 1944.
The service included powerful readings, including one from a veteran who told the crowds: ‘You have heard of and may have seen the sites of June 1944 and of the bravery and sacrifice of so many. These events made the future and life which you have enjoyed.
‘Please always remember these things and tell the story often.’
The Last Post was followed by a two-minute silence where all that could be heard was the lapping of the waves – conjuring up, for many, images of the beach offensives.
Alyson Clifford, 44, of Ensign Drive, Gosport, whose late father, Royal Marine Frederick Murrell, fought in the landings, told The News: ‘They fought for our freedom.’