D-Day veterans honoured at Commemorative event in Portsmouth

A ceremony in Portsmouth today is honouring the veterans of D-Day to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy landings during World War 2.

Her Majesty the Queen delivered an inspirational speech at today’s commemoration of D-Day in Portsmouth, paying tribute to the “hundreds of thousands of young soldiers, sailors and airmen who left these shores in the cause of freedom” on 6 June 1944, crossing the Channel in horrendous conditions to storm the beaches of Normandy, liberating France and the rest of Europe from Nazi tyranny.

“The heroism, courage and sacrifice of those who lost their lives will never be forgotten. It was with great humility and pleasure, on behalf of the entire country, indeed the whole free world that I say to you all, thank you,” said the Queen as she honoured her “resilient” generation.

More than 3,000 allied troops were killed or went missing during the landings. Their memory was honoured by more than 300 veterans who joined the Queen, Theresa May, President Trump and other leaders.