Portsmouth will be hosting the UK's national commemorations, marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day on Wednesday 5 June. We are proud to pay tribute to the veterans of the Normandy landings, having been at the heart of the events 75 years ago that changed the course of the Second World War. Portsmouth International Port will play an integral role in the commemoration events.
On Sunday 2 June, a group of US D-Day veterans travelling with the The Greatest Generations Foundation will be passing through the terminal before boarding the 3.15pm Brittany Ferries sailing to Cherbourg. They will be followed on on Monday 3 June by a further group of veterans travelling with D-Day Revisited, who will board the Brittany Ferries ship Mont St Michel. She will depart the Port with a naval escort and flotilla at 2.45pm.
On the 5 June, MV Boudicca, a ship specially chartered by the Royal British Legion for up to 300 Normandy veterans, will be at the Port. It will leave just before sunset, transporting veterans across the channel to Normandy. She will be escorted by a Royal Navy vessel, representing the famous crossing 75 years before.
If you are booked on to a sailing on the 5 June, please leave plenty of time to reach the Port as traffic coming into Portsmouth is likely to be heavy. You can find up-to-date travel information for Portsmouth and the wider Hampshire area on the ROMANSE Traffic website.
Media accreditation for the Port and Portico (our international cargo terminal, adjacent to our site) has now closed. For those who have previously received accrediation, please email email@example.com in the event of any queries.
Although the national commemorations are for D-Day veterans and invited guests, the public will be able to watch the events from big screens on Southsea Common. You can also enjoy an RAF flypast and a display by the Red Arrows later in the day. Once the national commemorations have finished, the city will be hosting a whole weekend of D-Day 75 events. If you are coming to the events, check out travel information and the event guide.
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