This weekend sees the 70th anniversary of D-Day being remembered on Southsea Seafront. An event in history that shall never be forgotten as it affected so many millions of lives both then and now.
There is a wide programme of events starting today, running through until Sunday including a Red Arrows display, mock beach landings performed by the Royal Marines and a live performance by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Many veterans will be attending alongside top leaders from around Europe. The events are free for all to attend and commence from around 10am each day.
You may also have heard this week about the fantastic news the D-Day Museum in Southsea is to receive some funding to help towards a complete redevelopment to upgrade and modernise the museum, making it the biggest D-Day commemorative attraction in the world. A huge honour for the city of Portsmouth, who played such a pivotal role in the D-Day operations from planning through to implementation.
This funding will bring the museum just short of it’s target for the development to be completed in time for the D-Day 75 celebrations. Various local businesses have pledged to carry out fundraising drives over the coming months the help the museum achieve it’s target, as well as the news that Victorious Festival will be donating a percentage of ticket sales towards the museum’s initiative.
You can read the D-Day museum plans of development and fundraising strategy here in more detail.
Remembering the allied forces who sacrificed so much for those of us today is hugely important for the future generations in so many ways. To see the D-Day museum reach these goals would not only be a fantastic achievement for the city, but also for the wider world to remember such a significant event in history.