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D-Day heroes ‘must never be forgotten’ says the Queen

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D-Day heroes ‘must never be forgotten’ says the Queen

Those who took part in the D-Day landings to liberate Europe ‘must never be forgotten,’ the Queen will say to mark the campaign’s 75th anniversary.

The Queen will be joined by US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, heads of state from Second World War allies and veterans and their families at a national commemorative event in Portsmouth on Wednesday.

It will tell the story of D-Day through musical performance, testimonial readings and military displays, including a fly-past of 25 modern and historical aircraft.

In the official programme the Queen writes: ‘On 6th June 1944, the largest amphibious assault in history was launched, leading to the end of the Second World War and the liberation of Europe.’

The Queen will be joined by US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump (pictured on June 3) at a national commemorative event in Portsmouth on Wednesday

In the official programme the Queen writes: ‘On 6th June 1944, the largest amphibious assault in history was launched, leading to the end of the Second World War and the liberation of Europe.’

Pictured: Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May shake hands during a joint press conference at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office during the second day of the President’s State Visit on June 4, 2019

The Queen goes on to say: ‘At this time of reflection for veterans of the conflict and their families, I am sure that these commemorations will provide an opportunity to honour those who made extraordinary sacrifices to secure freedom in Europe.

‘They must never be forgotten.’

Among the guests will be the Prince of Wales, who with the president and his wife will meet leaders of the other allied nations before taking part in a formal photograph.

Prime Minister Theresa May said in her foreword for the programme: ‘We will never forget all that they gave – or the sacrifices of the fallen.

‘The solidarity and determination so clearly in evidence on D-Day continues to be a lesson to us all to stand together and uphold the values that we share.

Pictured: Dozens of World War Two veterans set sail from Portsmouth on Monday afternoon so they can get to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day on Thursday, June 6. Members of the public are pictured waving Union Jacks as they sail off  

Veterans waving flags as the first boat, MV Boudicca, which is being sponsored by the Royal British Legion, left Dover on Sunday evening 

Thousands of people – including hundreds of veterans – are now set to take part in the D-Day commemoration across the UK and France this week.  

Britain’s national day of commemoration will take place on Wednesday, when 4,000 military personnel, 11 Royal Naval vessels and 26 RAF aircraft will participatein events in Portsmouth. 

It coincides with President Trump’s state visit, which veterans have argued risks distracting people from the historic anniversary. 

Veterans have already set off for France in large numbers to make it to Normandy in time for Thursday’s memorial services. 

Here is your guide to the full list of events happening on both sides of the Channel to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings this week.

A full flypast of wartime planes will take place tomorrow and Wednesday, with aircraft taking off from Duxford airfield in Cambridgeshire. Pictured are three Spitfires as they fly in formation over the white cliffs on Dover on Sunday 

June 4


Serving Royal Marines will take part in a public demonstration on board the Royal British Legion’s ship in Poole, Dorset to salute veterans for their service.

It will involve craft weaponry and blank ammunition, ending at 2pm.

At the Imperial War Museum at RAF Duxford in Cambridgeshire on Tuesday there will be a showcase of more than 30 Douglas C-47 Skytrains, also known as Dakotas or Daks.

Parachute jumps and flight displays will wow audiences ahead of the Dakotas taking off from Duxford for France on Wednesday afternoon. 

The event will take place from 10am to 6pm on both Tuesday and Wednesday.    

US Army vehicles travel in convoy near Graye-sur-Mer, in Normandy this afternoon as the final preparations take place for this week’s commemorations

Men dressed as WWII US soldiers get their binoculars out as they park up on the beach at Arromanches-les-Bains, in Normandy in their Jeep

June 5

The UK’s national commemoration day falls on Wednesday, coinciding with US President Donald Trump’s state visit.

From 11am to 8pm Portsmouth will be taken over by D-Day anniversary events to signify the port city’s major role in the Allied Force’s invasion.


The main commemorative event will begin at Southsea Common attended by both the Queen and President Donald Trump.

Representatives from other allied countries as well as Germany are expected to attend the event at the Portsmouth Naval Memorial involving 4,000 military personnel, 11 Royal Naval vessels and 26 RAF aircraft.

Mr Trump’s attendance has led to a mass security operation and claims his presence will take the focus away from veterans.


A Royal Navy frigate will fire a naval gun salute followed by a flypast of up to 25 historic and modern RAF aircraft, including the Red Arrows and Spitfires.


The Red Arrows will come back for a second air display above Southsea Common.


Around 280 paratroopers, including 130 UK troops and 150 from the French army, will take part in a parachute descent onto fields near Sannerville, in northern France which served as a drop zone for the Allied forces in 1944. A later display involves a tandem jump with D-Day veterans, followed by a re-enactment by 200 parachutists from Douglas C-47 Dakotas, flown over from the UK.


MV Boudicca, the Royal British Legion’s chartered ship will set sail from Portsmouth with more than 300 veterans on board. 

It left from Dover on the evening on June 2, taking former servicemen to commemorative events around the south coast before leaving for Normandy.

It will be escorted by a Royal Navy vessel and flotilla and will arrive in time for the main anniversary on Thursday.

Members of the public will be able to see the ship set off from Portsmouth on Wednesday evening from a number of viewing points. 


The RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will fly over Portsmouth to mark the departure of the Legion’s ship. 

Events in Portsmouth  

Live broadcast of the events in Portsmouth, National Memorial Arboretum The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is showing a live broadcast of the BBC coverage of the events taking place in Portsmouth on a large screen in Heroes’ Square from 9.15am to 1pm. Free entry.  

President Donald Trump and the Queen (pictured together today at Westminster Abbey) will attend the main UK commemoration day in Portsmouth on Wednesday 

Veterans line the decks of MV Boudicca, which is pictured as it left Dover on Sunday evening

June 6


In Arromanches-les-Bains, the Army will mark the exact moment the first British soldier landed on Gold Beach with a piper playing atop a part of the Mulberry harbour. Directly afterwards, a short flag-raising moment will take place involving troops from the Royal Logistic Corps. From 7.45am, vintage military vehicles will be displayed on the beach. 


Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron will attend the inauguration of the British Normandy Memorial, overlooking Gold Beach at Ver-sur-Mer. 

The memorial will honour the more than 22,000 soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who died fighting under British command during D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. 


Theresa May will join the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, along with veterans and local residents for the British Legion’s service of remembrance at Bayeux Cathedral.


A service of remembrance will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. This will be followed by a small procession to the Normandy Campaign Memorial for a wreath-laying ceremony, and coverage from events in France will be shown on a big screen. 


Macron will join US President Donald Trump for a service at the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.


A second service takes place at the the Bayeux War Cemetery – the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission site of the Second World War in France – where wreaths will be laid. Prince Charles and Camilla will attend, as will veterans and serving members of the armed forces.  


Royal British Legion veterans will arrive in Arromanches from Bayeux to watch parachute displays by the Army’s Red Devils as well as flypasts by the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.


British veterans parade into the square in Arromanches for a series of informal events hosted by the local authority. 


The official international ceremony marking the anniversary takes place at Juno Beach, with French prime minister Edouard Philippe in attendance alongside his Canadian and Belgian counterparts, Justin Trudeau and Charles Michel.


Events in Arromanches conclude with a firework display.

June 7


Veterans will join schoolchildren and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for a performance of ‘D-Day 75: A Musical Documentary’ at Southsea Common. 

June 8


The British Legion’s ship will bring 300 veterans back to Portsmouth after their six-day voyage to Normandy.

D-Day veteran John Dennett, 94, is pictured waving from the deck of the Mont St Michel, which was escorted by Royal Navy vessels on its way to Caen 

Veteran Joe Cattini, 95, is pictured waving off the Brittany Ferry that set off from Portsmouth this afternoon. He was part of the Hertfordshire Yeomanry and landed on the beach on D-Day

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