Wednesday 5 June 2019
Portsmouth will be the focal point of the UK commemorations for D-Day 75. There will be a host of events taking place from 5 to 9 June, including the UK’s national event on 5 June.
The day will begin with a major national commemorative event on Southsea Common, including a military parade and Spitfire flypast. Music will be provided by the bands of the Royal Marines and the Royal Armoured Corps.
Later that afternoon there will be a flying display above Southsea Common by the Red Arrows.
The evening commemorations will see MV Boudicca depart Portsmouth with 300 D-Day veterans on board for their trip to Normandy. The ship, specially chartered by the Royal British Legion, will be escorted by a Royal Navy vessel to represent the famous crossings that took place 75 years ago.