2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D day on the 6th June 1944, perhaps the last ever official recognition of this period in our history.

There are many events planned across the south...except in Southampton!

Southampton was one of the major embarkation ports on the south coast where thousands of British, Commonwealth and American troops and sailors, and all their artillery and equipment, sailed on hundreds of ships, towards the beaches of Normandy in Northern France, to liberate Europe from the Nazis.

It was deemed to be the largest invasion force ever mounted anywhere in the world.

Looking at the diary of forthcoming events for Southampton on June 5th and 6th, nothing appears to have been planned to mark this important occasion.

I find that to be quite insulting to the families of loved ones and those still alive who gave service to this country, that this historical event has been whitewashed from the city calendar.

Whilst war should never be celebrated, the sacrifice made by all those who took part should be honoured and remembered!

Richard A Jacob