MIL-OSI United Kingdom: Residents invited to D-Day commemorations

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Source: City of Portsmouth

Residents are invited to a variety of events on Thursday 6 June to commemorate D-Day 80.

Piper at Theatre of the Sea

At 6.30am, local piper, Caroline Henton, will pipe in the day, as the piper did in Normandy on D-Day 80 years ago.

Caroline will play some of the songs that were played on that day including Road to the Isles, Skye Boat song, Highland Laddie and The Nut Brown Maiden.

Caroline will be located at Theatre of the Sea on the new promenade of Southsea Castle.

Royal British Legion D-Day Memorial Event

The Royal British Legion’s annual D-Day Memorial Event will be held from 10:30am to 12pm on Thursday 6 June 2024.

The event will include a military and veterans’ parade led by the Royal Marines Band, which will leave from Canoe Lake car park at 10.30am.

On arrival at the D-Day Memorial, there will be a short service conducted by Reverend Canon Bob White, Chaplain to the Portsmouth South Branch of the Royal British Legion, with a 2-minute silence and wreath-laying ceremony.

The event is due to end by 12pm.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and watch from the surrounding roads and esplanade.

Beacon lighting event

At 9.15pm a beacon will be lit at Southsea Castle to mark the bravery and sacrifice of those involved in D-Day.

Cllr Jason Fazackerley, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth said:

“We would like to invite all residents to share in the D-Day 80 commemorations around the seafront, as we remember the sacrifices made by so many who departed from Portsmouth to D-Day in 1944.”

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