Last year we marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day with an international commemorative event on Southsea common.
This year’s commemorations will look very different as we’re unable to get together to remember the event but we still want to mark the anniversary and keep the story of D-Day alive.
The D-Day Story museum is marking the 76th anniversary by sharing stories from our volunteers on why we remember D-Day 6 June.
We’d like you to share with us your pictures, memories and images from last year’s week long D-Day 75 commemorative and celebratory events which saw Portsmouth take centre stage in the international commemorative event attended by world leaders, armed forces and most notably our own D-Day heroes.
This year as our veterans can’t get together to remember their comrades let’s collectively share our memories of D-Day 75 until we can honour them in person again.
Cllr Steve Pitt, Deputy Leader, Portsmouth City Council said: “As we reflect on our history during these poignant times, it’s more important than ever to remember the stories of those who gave us the freedom that we treasure. We hope people will join us in marking D-Day 76 by sharing their images of D-Day 75 as we think about how different our commemorations in Portsmouth are this year – but how vital it is to keep our veterans’ D-Day stories alive.”
The D-Day Landings were one of the pivotal moments in the Second World War – which led to the ceasing of hostilities – VE Day – less than a year later. Portsmouth was the centre of the staging areas for D-Day and one of the main embarkation points for the troops, who were assembled in camps in and around the city.
D-Day had a major impact on civilians in the city. Many local people befriended the Allied servicemen and they were the last to see the troops before they departed for Normandy.
Portsmouth’s role in Operation Overlord continued long after D-Day. Men, vehicles and supply continued to pass through the embarkation areas for months afterwards. Wounded men were evacuated to Portsmouth and treated in hospitals some of those who dies are buried in local cemeteries, and German Prisoners of War disembarked here.
The D-Day Story museum captures these accounts and perspectives so that future generations understand and value the immense human cost.
You can get involved by following The D-Day Story on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or share your photos with #DifferenceAYearMakes or email: email@example.com