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D-Day anniversary marked with major events

D-Day anniversary marked with major events

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11 Jun, 2019

On 6 June, world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, joined Her Majesty the Queen in Portsmouth to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, while Theresa May hosted 15 world leaders to honour the largest combined land, air and naval operation in history. Figures from every country that fought alongside the UK attended this historic occasion.

The following day, memorial services marked 75 years since the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, the start of the campaign to liberate Nazi-occupied north-west Europe. The Queen and the Prince of Wales attended commemorations on Southsea Common, along with representatives from every country that fought alongside the UK in the Battle of Normandy.

Veterans saluted the crowd, while actor Sheridan Smith performed a Vera Lynn song and Mr Trump read the same prayer read by President Roosevelt 75 years earlier during a radio message ahead of the D-Day landings.

Members of the Armed Forces and more than 300 veterans – all aged 90 years plus – also attended the event in Portsmouth, one of the key embarkation points on D-Day. Some 60,000 members of the public made the trip to pay their respects, while hundreds of other veterans were in northern France to mark the occasion.

The event included a flypast by the Red Arrows and Spitfires while, later in the afternoon, veterans John Hutton, 94, and Harry Read, 95, parachuted into Normandy in honour of their lost comrades.

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