MORE than a hundred people paid their respects to those who stormed the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago.

The D-Day Memorial Service in Salisbury Guildhall Square, led by the city’s branch of the Royal British Legion, and supported by the city council, marked the anniversary of the key turning point in the Second World War.

Speaking at the event, Mayor John Walsh said: “This is a very important occasion for the city of Salisbury, which will very much be at the centre of preparations for D-Day.

“As a former soldier myself, I have nothing but admiration for our forefathers. They should serve as inspiration for the current generation, as we fight to decide our own future, in or out of Europe.”

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, with planning carried out in Wilton House, whilst Breamore House was used as a HQ by the American 7th Corps.

To commemorate the historic events and heroic actions, the Journal has launched a special publication which details the south’s role.

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The D-Day 75 commemorative book examines the region’s pivotal role in the operation.

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.