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D-Day Commemorations in the UK 2019
Find out some of the big events taking place to mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Published on May 30, 2019

Many events will be held in the UK, France, USA, Canada and elsewhere to commemorate Operation Overlord, aka D-Day, the greatest invasion in history, which began the liberation of Europe from Nazi tyranny. Here are some selected events in Britain:

D-Day 75 National Commemorative Event, Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
June 5. 11:30

D-Day 75 National Commemorative Event will take place on Southsea Common. Veterans will join today’s Armed Forces and VIPs for a BBC programme of live music, performance and flypasts. Large screens will be provided on the common for members of the public who wish to watch the event. At 12:45pm (approx) A Royal Navy frigate will fire a naval gun salute followed by a spectacular flypast of up to 25 historic and modern RAF aircraft including the Red Arrows and the iconic Spitfire. At 4:00pm The Red Arrows will return for a breath-taking display of speed and agility above Southsea Common. At 6:25pm The Royal British Legion’s specially chartered ship, the MV Boudicca, will set sail from Portsmouth with 300 veterans to Normandy. HMS St Albans, a Type-23 Royal Navy frigate, will escort the MV Boudicca along with four smaller Royal Navy vessels. Royal Navy ships docked in port will pay their respects, before the ship emerges into the Solent to be met by a flotilla of Royal Navy vessels who will sail past her in salute with sailors lining the decks. Members of the public are encouraged to line key vantage points to wave off the veterans as they retrace the journey they made in 1944. At 7:40pm (approx) The RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will fly over Portsmouth to mark the departure of The Royal British Legion’s ship. A series of commemorative events and activities organised by Portsmouth City Council will take place from Wednesday 5 to Sunday 9 June in the city, from concerts to film screenings, The Portsmouth Revival Festival and more. For more details please see the Visit Portsmouth website.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
June 1 to 6. See website for details of daily events.

Visit historic wartime Royal Navy boats before they cross the Channel to Normandy, see a Landing Craft, military vehicles, Sexton tank, RAF Stations operating room, Dunkirk Little Ships on pontoons and flypasts including Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. 10:00 to 17:30 daily.

Stokes Bay, Hampshire.
June 2 to 3

June 2. Parade and remembrance service on the promenade by the Canadian memorial at 11:00hrs. June 3. 10:00 to 17:00: Free event with entertainment, displays and military re-enactments, fly-past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a sail-past by historic vessels, a landing craft demonstration, replica Spitfire and Hurricane, demonstrations of Second World War weapons, vintage market, tanks, a British paratroopers display, live music, history talks and a bar and food concessions. 19:00 - 22:30 Dance night with 1940s music. Tickets £10 from Eventbrite.

Alrewas, Staffordshire.
June 6

Remembrance Service at the National Memorial Arboretum, followed by coverage of the events in France relayed on a large screen. 10:30.


D-Day 75 at 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space. June 2 & 5.

Experience the challenges and jubilance of war to understand how it affected those living on the air base and in the local area. Interactive immersive performances from over 100 community performers, which will culminate in a celebratory tea dance led by a professional band of musicians.

Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, Hampshire.

Lighting the way to D-Day - find out about the crucial role the X-class midget Submarines played in D Day. Every Wednesday in June at 1pm.

Dorchester, Dorset.
June 8. D-Day Commemorative Service and Embarkation Convoy.

Drum Head Service at Borough Gardens. 11:00.

Castletown, Dorset.
June 8.

D-Day Commemorative Service and Embarkation Convoy. 13:30.

Hammersmith, London.
June 8.

St Paul's Gardens, where the Normandy Landings were planned by General Montgomery and others, hosts a commemorative gathering in the gardens with military vehicles, wartime music, food and drink, a children's obstacle course and fun for all the family. Schools in Hammersmith and Fulham are being invited to enter paintings, drawings and models in a competition on the theme What happened on D-Day?

Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire: D-Day 75 at Daedalus.
June 8 to 9.

HMS Daedalus was the busiest allied airfield in the UK on D-Day with more than 400 missions flown over Normandy so it will be a very special place from which to commemorate this important event. Aircraft will be a key feature with both static and flying aircraft to enjoy, and visitors can look forward to children's activities, fun-fair rides, stage and arena performances, food stalls, gift and community stalls, vintage cars and more. A commemorative plaque to mark this significant occasion will be unveiled and displayed throughout the weekend. Tickets must be bought in advance, from Fernham Hall either in person at the box office, online or by calling 01329 231942.

Southwick, Hampshire, D-Day 75 Revival.
June 8 to 9.

For the sixth year running, the village of Southwick in Hampshire and Southwick Park commemorate the anniversary of D-Day by offering an exciting and unique opportunity for visitors from all over the world to breathe in the atmosphere of those historic days at the nerve-centre of Operation Overlord. Southwick is just North of Portsmouth on the South Coast of England, PO17 6EA. Events over the two days include exclusive D-Day map room visits, talks by renowned World War II military historians, Tiger Moth 9 Aeronautical Display, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fly-past, Royal Navy Cadet Field Gun Run, "The Village at War" exhibition in the Church, 1940's dinner dance, World War II military vehicles display and motorcade, period funfair, Horndean band and wartime sing along, swing dance lessons, 1940's school lesson, steam bus rides, live music in the Golden Lion pub and Red Lion pub, walking history tours.

Saunton, Devon.
D-Day 2019. June 15 & 16.

Throughout the day, activities include interactive "Little Normandy" installation - a mock-up of beach defences in dunes that visitors can tour. Interactive Allied and German "camps" - living history groups on hand to interact and talk about life as it was for ordinary soldiers. Interactive Battle of Britain "war room". Interactive History Trail - period characters kids have to find and ask questions. Period song performances by the Liberty Sisters throughout the day. Stalls, beer tent, food on the beach. Extra buses laid on by Stagecoach. Additional parking options. 10:00 Events start. 11:00 Period planes land on the beach. 11:30 Vintage vehicle parade up the beach. 13:00 Planes take off. 15:00 Major Battle Display involving the storming of "Little Normandy" defences by 100+ re-enactors. This will be one of the biggest battle displays ever seen in the southwest.

Portsmouth Cathedral D-Day 75th Anniversary Concert.
D-Day 2019. June 20.

Includes a stirring performance of the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony from Cathedral Organist David Price together with the Solent Symphony Orchestra.

75th Anniversary of D-Day Commemorative Convoy
June 22.

A convoy will set off from Southwick, Hampshire, as part of a commemorative Drive to Remember marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The convoy's route will follow the journey taken by Dwight D Eisenhower 75 years earlier, when the US Supreme Allied Commander in Europe traveled from what was then known as Southwick House (now MOD Southwick) to Greenham Common Airfield, near Newbury, Berkshire, where he addressed US soldiers of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment on the eve of D-Day.

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