D-Day commemoration events


There are activities being held in Portsmouth over a number of days to commemorate the D-Day landings.

After hosting world leaders on Wednesday, Southsea Common will host a number of other D-Day 75 events throughout the rest of the week. Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of Portsmouth City Council said, “The scale of D-Day 75 is unprecedented, with Portsmouth at the heart of commemorations on 5 June. The city will provide the backdrop for the armed forces to mark this historic occasion and, most importantly, to pay tribute to veterans and their comrades. Our D-Day Stone memorial service on Thursday 6 June will be especially poignant this year as we mark the 75 anniversary with veterans from across the country and we hope people will join us at the D-Day Stone, Southsea Esplanade on 6 June as we remember the sacrifices made by so many who departed from Portsmouth on D-Day in 1944.”
As Theresa May and Donald Trump arrive in Normandy today, events will continue in Portsmouth as well. From 7am there will be coverage of D-Day 75 show live from Normandy on the big screen on Southsea Common. Also shown on the big screen will be the Unveiling of the Normandy Memorial at 7.25am, the Bayeux Cathedral Service at 10am and Bayeux Cemetery Service at 11.15am.
There will be the Veterans' parade marching from Canoe Lake car park at 10.30am with the band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and a platoon of Royal Marines Cadets to the D-Day Stone. At 10.50am there will be Portsmouth City Council and Royal British Legion’s D-Day 75 memorial service at the D-Day Stone on Southsea Esplanade. Here’s what’s happening for the rest of the week:

Friday, 7 June
9am – Public event opens, Southsea Common
10.30am – Portsmouth Music Hub performing a special composition, main stage, Southsea Common
5.15pm to 6pm – Military Concert band perform, main stage, Southsea Common
6.25pm to 6.55pm – Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and a specially formed young person’s choir performing a composition by James Olsen, inspired by reminiscences of D-Day veterans and the D-Day Story - main stage, Southsea Common
7pm – Bedknobs and Broomsticks, main stage, big screen, Southsea Common
10pm – Public event closes

Saturday, 8 June
9am – Public event opens, Southsea Common
10.30am to 11am – Royal Marines marching band, Arena
11am to 11.30am – Vintage and Military vehicle display, Arena
12pm to 6pm – Community performances, main stage
12.30pm to 1.30pm – RAF working dogs
3.45pm – Red arrows flypast
7.30pm to 10pm – Heroes concert
7.30pm to 8pm – Military Wives Choir
8.25pm to 9pm – Royal Marines Association concert band
9.25pm to 10pm – D-Day Darlings
10pm to 10.15pm – Fireworks display, Southsea Common, supported by Gunwharf Quays
11pm – Public event closes

Sunday, June 9
9am – Public event opens, Southsea Common
11.30am 12pm – Vintage and military vehicle display, Arena
12pm to 5pm – Community performances, main stage
3pm to 4pm – Vintage and military vehicle display, Arena
6pm –  Public event closes