Comprising the 200th, 201st and 202nd Landing Craft Flotillas, were men of the No 3 and 6 Army Commandos, No 45 Royal Marine Commando, French Commando, 1st Battalion Fusilier Marines, destined for Gold Beach Normandy. Also No 41 and 48 Royal Marine Commandos embarked from Warsash Pier.
The memorial is made in the shape of a landing craft bow.
Military operations were run from the Rising Sun pub adjacent to the pier.
The scene this morning was very different, with slightly somber low cloud.
Locally the events of 65 years ago are well remembered, later today in Portsmouth an RAF Hercules will drop a million red poppies over the city.
Our local green grocer has also joined in the celebrations with this window display .
This post, in it's small way, is to honour all the men and women involved in that epic day.