Royal Navy to lead parade through Portsmouth for military day

Last year's parade
Last year's parade
The fragment from the Union Jack believed to have flown on board HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Credit: Sotheby's

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ROYAL Navy sailors will join a parade through the city tomorrow to mark Armed Forces Day.

A total of 48 sailors from HMS Collingwood in Fareham, plus veterans and cadets led by the Royal Marines Band, will march from Edinburgh Road to Guildhall Square at 

Once assembled in the square, the Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire, Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, will take the salute.

A ceremony with readings and flag-raising will begin at around 10.30am in the square.

As part of the events on Armed Forces Day, a poignant step will be taken towards completing Portsmouth’s Second World War memorial. A panel will be unveiled on the memorial, just off Guildhall Square, to recognise more Portsmouth people who died in the conflict.

It will be unveiled by Jean Louth, who started the campaign for a permanent memorial in 1989.

Her father Harry Short will finally have his name added to the wall.

He was killed at 

To mark Armed Forces Day, the D-Day Museum in Southsea is offering free admission on 

Visitors can meet Normandy veterans and see military vehicles and re-enactments, plus a large model ship display by the Surface Warship Association.