Veterans – and Islanders young and old – have been paying their respects at a memorial to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
A commemorative service has been taking place in Newport’s St Thomas’ Square this morning (Thursday).
Veterans wearing suits and donning war-time medals laid wreaths during the ceremony.
96-year-old Kenneth Killeen, from Newport, served in the Bomber Command regiment during D-Day. Speaking to Isle of Wight Radio, he described today as emotional:
“When I think about colleagues – work colleagues as well – who didn’t come back. In fact, the names of two fellows who I even worked for as a boy are on Newport Memorial, as well as a member of the family. It’s very emotional.
“I went in half an hour before the troops went in on D-Day itself and not content with that they sent us in again in the evening.”
Those in attendance fell silent for a short time as former army men and women shouted: “we remember”.
Ernie Howard is the chairman of Newport and Carisbrooke Royal British Legion. His uncle was a Royal Engineer during the landings. He said:
“For me personally, my wife has laid a wreath this morning for my uncle who was in the D-Day landings. He was 18 and had a rough time. So we’ve laid a wreath for him.
“It is lovely to see people come here and pay their respects for those soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom, for today. And we must remember it is our freedom that they have given us.”
You can see pictures of the commemoration below: