Southampton pays its respects to veterans by commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day through a range of activities across the city

Southampton remembers the sacrifice of World War II veterans

Southampton City Council is proud to be commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day by supporting a number of themed activities across the city.

The Right Worshipful Councillor Peter Baillie, Mayor of Southampton, will be laying a wreath to mark D-Day on Thursday 6th June at the Cenotaph in Southampton. He comments: "We all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the veterans who gave so much so freely on this momentous day and throughout World War II. Alongside many other representatives from across the city, I am so proud to be representing Southampton at the national event today and the range of local events taking place over the next few weeks.”

75th anniversary commemorations in Southampton include:

  • A 75th anniversary of D-Day Photographic Exhibition is on display at the Royal British Legion Pop-In Centre, 104 Above Bar Street until 12 June 2019
  • Wessex Heartbeat in partnership with See Southampton and the Dancing Man Brewery have arranged a special walk and talk event with a WWII 75th Anniversary of D-Day Landings theme on the 5 June at 6.30pm starting from St Michael’s Square
  • Thursday 6 June 10.45am - 11.15am at the Cenotaph, the Right Worshipful Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Peter Baillie on Veterans, will join veterans from the Royal British Legion and Southampton Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club to give thanks and pay respects for D-Day. The Mayor will be laying a wreath and there will be a two minute silence
  • Extra Union flags positioned around the Civic Centre forecourt on 6 June
  • The O2 Guildhall building will be illuminated red, white and blue to commemorate D-Day on the evenings of Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 June
  • On Saturday 8 June the public are being encouraged to Explore the D-Day Wall at Western Esplanade. The Maritime Archaeology Trust’s Discovery Bus will be by the D-Day Wall between 10am and 4pm where you can see the inscriptions carved 75 years ago by soldiers waiting to depart. This event also provides an opportunity to find out more about the American troops in Southampton and the ‘D-Day Stories from the Walls project’. Plus free D-Day themed family activities. The Mayor has been invited to attend this event
  • On Wednesday 12 June at 7.30pm, there is as free talk, Southampton, the Blitz and D-Day by SEE Southampton Guide, Jack Wilson, at Portswood Library
  • From Wednesday 5 June the D-Day Embroidery will be on display at the SeaCity Museum until the end of June. It is free to view next to Galley Café customers. Patrons can also enjoy the latest exhibition Southampton Stories which features a newly installed D-Day section that includes first-hand on what it was like to live in Southampton and the docks during the build up to the biggest military invasion in history from Southampton’s outstanding oral history collections. A brick from the American Wall with ‘1945’ written on it, is on display in the Gateway to the World exhibition at SeaCity Museum. (Admission to the museum applies)
  • Following on from D-Day is this year’s Southampton Armed Forces Day on Sunday 30 June from 10am - 6pm. This is a free event in the city centre, which will include a Parade along the streets of Southampton, followed by plenty of entertainment from live bands, military dog display, military vehicles, children's assault course, re-enactors and more

A link to all of the activities being organised for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Southampton can be found on the homepage of our website.