A round up of news announcements for the D-Day 75 events:
President Donald Trump may attend the D-Day 75 Commemorations at Southsea and Portsmouth, along with other Heads of State including the Queen of England.
On Wednesday 5 June events will get off to a flying start with a Fly Past of 26 Royal Air Force aircraft over Southsea Common.
D-Day Veteran Arthur Bailey from Portsmouth at Daedalus. Lest we forget, Arthur spoke to school groups.
Copyright Anne Grant.
It is hoped that about 300 British Veterans will be able to attend to be honoured in the commemorations.
On Friday 7 June an original piece of work will be performed for the first time, ‘D-Day 75: A Musical Documentary.’
Composed by Jason Olsen of Britain, it will be performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, on Southsea Common.
This unique work will be a collection of memories and stories by the D-Day Veterans, as retold by them to some Portsmouth schoolchildren, and set to music by James Olsen.
Martin Bell, War And The Death Of News, From Battlefield To Newsroom My Fifty Years In Journalism
Southwick Revival (Portsdown Hill) has announced an addition to their guest speaker list in the Village Marquee, former BBC war reporter Martin Bell (the Man in the White Suit).
Bell adopted this persona when he stood for election as a parliamentary MP during the height of the MPs’ expenses scandal ten years ago.
He wrote an entertaining book on the scandal, ‘A Very British Revolution.’
His latest book is called, ‘War and the Death of News: From Battlefield to Newsroom – My Fifty Years in Journalism.’ Martin will be at Southwick on Saturday 8 June.
Follow this link to book a ticket at Southwick Revival.
D-DAY 75 at Daedalus June 8 and 9, 2019
D-Day 75 at Daedalus, Lee-on-the-Solent (Solent Airport), has a two day event set for Saturday 8 June and Sunday 9 June.
Display teams include the wing walkers AeroSuperBatics, the Round Canopy Display Team parachutists and the Great War Display Team.
Tickets are selling very fast.
Follow this link to D-Day 75 at Daedalus for more tickets.
In Southampton a different activity is taking place.
The Maritime Archaeology Trust is working on a major project to record the names of troops who etched their names onto a wall as they waited to depart for France.
Maritime Archaeology Trust project – D-Day Stories From The Walls Logo. Names and Towns of Troops who left for D-Day 6 June 1944.
The men also scratched in the names of their home towns.
Volunteers are wanted to research the names and towns to try to record the story of those men.
The greater task will be trying to locate the Veteran survivors or their descendants.
D-Day Memorial at Hardway, Gosport, Hampshire. Copyright Anne Grant
The old wall of names needs to be preserved as time and weather has started to erode the etchings.
The Trust aims to create an online interactive 3D model.
An estimated 3.5 million troops left for France via Southampton between D-Day June 6, 1944 and the end of the war.
Of that number, two million were American.
The other 1.5 million were British and Canadian.
They left the shores of the Solent as various points along the beaches.
Any super genealogists who want to get involved, follow this link to Maritime Archaeology Trust.
Canadian D-Day Memorial Stokes Bay, Gosport. Isle of Wight visible across the Solent. Copyright Anne Grant.
Many Canadians left from places like Stokes Bay, Gosport.
Many of the British left from Hardway, Gosport, (including my uncle who could see his beloved Isle of Wight across the water and tantalisingly out of reach):
More update news will appear here as it comes in.