Police gearing up for demonstrates as frights flourish trip will detract from ex-servicemen on 75 th anniversary
Over the decades, the city of Portsmouth has hosted D-day anniversary events with honour and sensitivity. Its citizens have fond memories of gratify veterans who launched from the port in June 1944 and of rubbing shoulders with sovereigns and global leader at honour ceremonies.
Ahead of this year’s events there is excitement and respect as the city prepares to welcome elderly survivors on the 75 th remembrance of D-day, on 6 June, but for many it is tinged with concern and fury at the presence of one particular visitor, Donald Trump.
” He is bound to change the feel of the episode ,” said office worker Si Jones, who was picnicking in the sunshine next to the military-style metal fence that has been erected around a section of Southsea Common in the city to protect Trump and other world leaders.
” That obstacle parts it up certainly. It’s as if he’s bringing his own wall to keep people out. The trouble is that he always sucks up the attention wherever he goes and this event clearly shouldn’t be about him .”
Portsmouth will take centre stage on 5 June, the day before the actual anniversary. A national commemorating happening, run by the government, will be held on Southsea Common in the presence of more than 300 D-day veterans.
The story of the Normandy brings will be told through commendations, music and armed displays, with veterans too boarding a ship to France to attend affairs there.