As the sun rose over the beaches of Northern France, a lone piper played on the harbour wall at Arromanches, marking the exact moment the first soldiers landed in Normandy.
75 years ago a lone piper had played in very different circumstances, leading allied forces into battle.
There are now few of that generation left; fewer still strong enough to make the trip to remember their fallen comrades.
But one who did was Frank Baugh from Doncaster. Now aged 95, he was on one of the first boats to land on Normandy's Sword Beach, and today he spoke at a service of commemoration at Bayeux cemetery.
96-year-old Les Postill, from Leeds, was too frail to make the journey to France. He was awarded the Legion d'Honneur, for his services as an able seaman in the Normandy campaign.
In Ripon, 99-year-old John Bottomley laid a wreath at his nursing home. He was a tank commander on D-Day.
And in Hull, Normandy veteran Clifford Dalton took part in an act of remembrance in front of the Royal Hotel.
Meanwhile, a 77-year-old from West Yorkshire was among those who took part in remembrance activities in Normandy.
Melvyn Dunn, from Ackworth, laid a wreath at the British Normandy Memorial site in Ver-sur-Mer, in northern France.
His father, Walter, had fought with Kings Own Royal Regiment of Lancaster in the Second World War. Walter landed nine days after D-Day.
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Broadcast: 6 June 2019