In 1944 thousands of ships set off from the coast of southern England, part of a huge sea, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied France.
Most of the troops were from Britain, Canada and America.
Well, now, not many surviving veterans are able to make the journey back to the beaches to attend commemorative events.
One veteran, though, lives just a few hundred yards from the German pill-box he stormed back then.
Derek Johnson went to meet him ahead of today's D-Day anniversary.
Derek spoke to Leon Gautier, D-Day veteran.
A D-Day veteran from Waterlooville in Hampshire will be awarded the highest French honour at a special ceremony today.
Ted Turner who's now eighty nine helped Canadian troops secure a beachhead during the invasion of France in June 1944.
Today he'll be awarded the Legion d'Honneur at an event in Southsea. He's among the first in the country to receive the award.
We spoke to Ted ahead of the ceremony in our Meridian studios last week.
One of the biggest regrets of Henry Hector's life is that he never really got to to know his dad or learn about the role he played as a sailor on D-Day.
Now, 70 years after the invasion, he's finding out more thanks to a diary his father wrote as he crossed the channel to France.
What he described has brought him and history to life. Richard Jones reports.
ITV Meridian has been named as the News Programme of the Year at the EDF Energy London & South of England Media Awards. Programme director Lisa Nichols accepts the award on behalf of the team.
He became famous after he dissapeared from his care home in Hove so he could attend
D day memorial events in France. Now, 90 year old Bernard Jordan has been given an Older People's Award for bravery throughout his life. He was given the award by the charity Impact Initiatives.
He went on the run from his care home in Sussex and sparked a police alert. But Normandy veteran Bernard Jordan has now arrived back home in Hove - to a hero's welcome. He'd made his own way to the D-Day commemorations after missing an official trip across the Channel.
This report by David Johns, which starts with flash photography, features Bernard Jordan describing his trip.
Bernard Jordan, who went missing from his Sussex care home, was mayor of Hove in the mid-90s. This is a very shot clip of our footage.