A D-DAY Memorial Service will be held in Salisbury Guildhall Square today.

The commemoration, led by the the city's branch of the Royal British Legion, and supported by the city council, will mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The public are invited to join the Mayor John Walsh and councillors to remember those who were involved in D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

It starts at 11am.

Salisbury Journal: D-Day - credit MOD


Operation Overlord, the allied assault on the German forces in northern France, changed the complexion of the war.

It was masterminded in Hampshire and launched 75 years ago on June 6 1944 from along the south coast.

Salisbury played a key part in the build up.

Planning was carried out in Wilton House whilst Breamore House was used as a HQ by the American 7th Corps. There was also a major US Army presence around Salisbury Plain.

The service will give the public the opportunity to come together and pay their respects next to the War Memorial in front of The Guildhall, Salisbury.

Salisbury Journal: DATE: The D-Day Landings


To commemorate the historic events and heroic actions of those who took to the Normandy beaches, the Salisbury Journal has launched a special publication which details the south’s role in one of the most significant developments of World War II.

The D-Day 75 commemorative book examines the region’s pivotal role in the operation. It will focus on first-hand accounts from some of the troops who stormed the beaches as well as some of the stories behind one of the most important ever military operations.

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Pilots and other military personnel also tell of their involvement and there is a look at how Churchill, Eisenhower and Montgomery galvanised a force that changed history.

The book is on sale in newsagents across Hampshire and Wiltshire.

It can also be ordered over the phone at 0800 731 4900, or by visiting your local shop.

Priced at just £1.50, 15p from each sale will be donated to an armed forced charity.