A guide to key events that mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

D-Day 75 here’s everything you need to know about the planned commemoration events across Europe.

On June 6, 1944 – forever to be known as D-Day – Allied forces attacked the Nazi-occupied French coast in what became the largest seaborne military invasion in history to liberate Europe from the Nazis.

The invasion saw some 156,000 British, American and Canadian troops launched from the sea and air on to French soil across 50 miles of Normandy coastline.

In an effort to free Europe from the clutches of the Nazis, D-Day was also one of the most pivotal costly battles for the Allied forces, with an estimated 10,000 casualties by sunset and more than 4,400 confirmed dead.

Senior politicians and members of the Royal family, as well as hundreds of veterans, are set to attend ceremonies.

Key ceremonies acknowledging the operation include the UK's international commemoration event on Wednesday which will be attended by the Queen, Theresa May, Donald Trump and other world leaders.

Portsmouth will be the focus of many commemorative events throughout the week while international attention shifts to France.

Other events are planned for Poole and Duxford alongside hundreds of smaller gatherings around the UK.

Later on, Wednesday, veterans Harry Read, 95, and John Hutton, 94, will parachute into Normandy in honour of comrades they lost when they first made the descent 75 years ago.

Alongside around 280 paratroopers they will take part in the descent onto fields at Sannerville - the drop zone for the 8th Midlands Parachute Battalion during D-Day.

That evening a vigil and silent march will take place at Pegasus Bridge which was the scene of a 15-minute skirmish to take hold of the pathways over the Caen Canal and River Orne. This was the first British objective to be achieved on D-Day.

Theresa May will begin her tour on Thursday morning at an inauguration ceremony which will see a sculpture unveiled at the British Normandy Memorial site overlooking Gold beach, which is being built to honour those who died during the Battle of Normandy until August 31, 1944.

On Thursday, June 6, major remembrance services are being held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, the Methodist Church Hall in Folkestone Kent, and Spalding Parish Church in Lincolnshire.

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