What an incredible way to thank our D-Day heroes

Wow, what a week it has been for our great city. I was so humbled and proud to watch as our Queen and world leaders congregated in Southsea to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Tuesday, 4th June 2019, 2:11 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th June 2019, 7:51 pm
Portsmouth D-Day veteran John Jenkins receives a standing ovation

I was thrilled that the arrival and presence of President Donald Trump didn’t put a stain on the occasion.

It was dedicated to paying our respects and gratitude to the war heroes who fought and sacrificed so much so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today.

Those freedoms were also marked in the city as anti and pro-Trump protesters gathered in Guildhall Square to exercise their right to protest in a democratic society – something that is still not a given right in many countries around the world.

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I was so proud to see our Queen lead the speeches thanking the war veterans who went on stage and saluted the crowds.

They were all more than 90 years old and while I unfortunately didn’t make it down there myself I was incredibly proud to see them on our stage receiving the reception they deserve from our city.

The Prince of Wales was also in attendance, along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. What a line-up.

There have been many conversations and debates about Mr Trump’s visit to the UK, and indeed to our city, with many for and against his arrival.

It was naturally a talking point for many but I was glad that the actual event remained an occasion that was about the war heroes and not about whether Mr Trump was wearing a wig, or whether he held his wife’s hand or not – all things that generate far too much media coverage as it is.

I did manage to catch a glimpse of the Red Arrows display from North Harbour as it flew past and left a slipstream of red in a heart shape that went over our great city.

I smiled and said a silent ‘thank-you’ because everyone of us has a reason to be grateful and to pay our thanks to our D-Day heroes.

We hope we did you all proud.

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