Portsmouth marks 70th anniversary of D-Day commemorations

PORTSMOUTH, Britain, June 5 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of people from across Britain and abroad on Thursday gathered at the seafront of the southern British port city of Portsmouth to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

To remember those who lost their lives in D-Day and mark the 70th anniversary of the landings, a series of events were held in Portsmouth and in the city of Normandy across the English Channel in France.

Princess Anne paid tribute to those involved in the operations and inspected the parade. More than 200 veterans, who took part in the landings or following World War II operations, attended the event.

"We are from Winchester. My father-in-law John landed in one of the beaches. He has been telling stories to students in schools and we often tell the children about the D-Day to teach them remember history," said Emily, who came to Portsmouth with her family to witness the ceremonies.

Portsmouth was the headquarters and main departure point for the military and naval units destined for Sword Beach on the Normandy coast.

D-Day landings, also known as the Normandy Invasion, established a crucial second front in the liberation of Europe from Nazi occupation, ultimately leading to victory for Allied Forces in 1945.