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This year is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, one of the most remarkable Allied wartime operations.

Working alongside the UK Government and other partners, we're planning significant commemorations to mark the anniversary. 

This includes a voyage to a series of commemorative events on both sides of the Channel for 300 of the veterans who helped liberate France during the Second World War. All at no cost to them.

A fully funded tour for 300 D-Day veterans

We’re excited to announce that, in partnership with Arena Travel, we've chartered the MV Boudicca for veterans who participated in the D-Day Landings.

A fully funded tour for 300 D-Day veterans

We’re excited to announce that, in partnership with Arena Travel, we've chartered the MV Boudicca for veterans who participated in the D-Day Landings.

Main events

Commemorations to mark D-Day 75 include:

  • Southsea Common, Portsmouth, United Kingdom: 5 June 11:30am BST. For more information see the MOD website D-Day 75 events in the UK and France
  • Cathedral of Our Lady of Bayeux, Bayeux, France: 6 June 10am BST+1
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Bayeux War Cemetery, Bayeux, France: 6 June 12pm BST+1

Registration and accreditation

Please note that we can only assist with accreditation for the events noted above. If you would like access to other D-Day 75 events such as Arromanches, please find more information at the bottom of this page under Other D-Day events.

Accreditation will be required to attend the events in Portsmouth and Bayeux. To receive a link to the accreditation system to register for event passes, please email ddayaccreditation@hpower.co.uk or telephone 0175 384 7900.

When requesting your link, please indicate which event/s you would like to attend, and whether you are a Normandy Veteran or widow, accompanying a Normandy Veteran or widow, or attending as a descendant or general entry. 

Accreditation will close on Wednesday, 15 May. Approved passes will be posted via registered mail. Event details will be included with your passes.

A portion of the Portsmouth event will be open to the public and will not require accreditation. Please take a look at the Visit Portsmouth and Portsmouth City Council and MOD websites for more information. 

 

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Remember Together 2019

D-Day vividly illustrates the thanks we owe to the friends, allies and Commonwealth nations who fought alongside Britain in defending its freedoms, values, and way of life. Join the Legion in commemorating them and ‘Remember Together’

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Remember Together 2019

D-Day vividly illustrates the thanks we owe to the friends, allies and Commonwealth nations who fought alongside Britain in defending its freedoms, values, and way of life. Join the Legion in commemorating them and ‘Remember Together’

Explore Remember Together 2019

Normandy veterans

As this is a major commemorative year, attendance at these events will be restricted. Priority will be given to Normandy Veterans and their guests. Seating can only be guaranteed for a Veteran + one.

  • Portsmouth | Veteran + three guests: Veteran + one will be seated in the Veterans area, with the two additional guests seated in the family area
  • Cathedral | Veteran + one guest: Veteran + one will be seated in the Veteran area
  • Cemetery | Veteran + three guests: Veteran + one will be seated in the Veterans area, with the two additional guests standing in the family area

Normandy veteran widows

War Widows of Normandy Veterans will have the same access allowance as noted above for Normandy Veterans at the Portsmouth, Cathedral and Cemetery events.

Descendant/general entry

If you are a descendant of a Normandy Veteran, or would like to attend one of these events, but are not linked to a Normandy Veteran, a limited number of General Entry passes are available for standing space only. Please note that General Entry passes will not be available for the Portsmouth event.

Standard bearers

There will not be the opportunity to parade standards at the Portsmouth Southsea Common Event. Those wishing to bring standards to Normandy, please contact us at dday75@britishlegion.org.uk in the first instance.

MV Boudicca | Itinerary

Outline itinerary of the MV Boudicca:

  • Day 1: Sunday 2 June 2019 - Embarkation Depart Dover
  • Day 2: Monday 3 June 2019 - At sea familiarisation and safety briefings
  • Day 3: Tuesday 4 June 2019 - Arrive in Poole Harbour for MoD-linked events
  • Day 4: Wednesday 5 June 2019 - Arrive in Portsmouth for Ceremonial Services and events
  • Day 5: Thursday 6 June 2019 - Arrive in La Havre and transfer by coach to Legion sponsored events in Bayeux
  • Day 6: Friday 7 June 2019 - Coach visits to the Op OVERLORD beaches, SWORD & GOLD; the British Normandy Memorial and the Arromanches Military Museum Gala dinner on-board ship; Depart Le Havre
  • Day 7: Saturday 8 June 2019 - Arrive in Portsmouth for a day of Civic events
  • Day 8: Sunday 9 June 2019 - Arrive in Dover; Disembark

MV Boudicca | Your application

The application process for a place on board the MV Boudicca is now closed. If you have an inquiries about this process, please contact Arena Travel on 01473 660 800. 

Other D-Day events

There are many more D-Day events being held across the UK and Normandy.

Here is a snapshot of some of those involving the Ministry of Defence, the Royal British Legion and Portsmouth City Council:

5 June:

  • MV Boudicca alongside Portsmouth
  • The main UK D-Day 75 Commemoration Event on Southsea Common including a military ceremonial event, flypasts, gala lunch for Veterans, Vintage Fair (until 9 June), screenings and much more. For more information see the MOD website D-Day 75 events in the UK and France
  • MV Boudicca Sails Portsmouth to Normandy, escorted by a Royal Navy vessel and flotilla
  • A Parachute Display from the RAF and Parachute Regiment at Ranville, Pegasus Bridge

6 June:

  • Music to awake the city at Portsmouth/Southsea
  • Inauguration Ceremony of the British Normandy Memorial at Ver-sur-Mer (please note that this event is strictly by invitation only by the Normandy Memorial Trust and is not open to the public)
  • Remembrance Service at Bayeux Cathedral
  • Bayeux Cemetery Remembrance Ceremony
  • A reception for veterans in Arromanches
  • Screens at Southsea Common and Portsmouth Guildhall Square relaying events in France
  • D-Day 75 Commemoration Event at National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire

8 June:

  • Veterans homecoming as MV Boudicca returns to Portsmouth
To find out more, contact us via dday75@britishlegion.org.uk.

D-Day 75 Anniversary Events at the National Memorial Arboretum

To commemorate 75 years since D-Day and the Normandy Landings, we will be showing the BBC’s coverage of anniversary events in Portsmouth on a large screen in Heroes’ Square June 5 between 9.15am to 1pm

Find out more about the National Memorial Arboretum D-Day events

D-Day 75 Anniversary Events at the National Memorial Arboretum

To commemorate 75 years since D-Day and the Normandy Landings, we will be showing the BBC’s coverage of anniversary events in Portsmouth on a large screen in Heroes’ Square June 5 between 9.15am to 1pm

Find out more about the National Memorial Arboretum D-Day events

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