Civic guests included the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mrs Susan Winfield OBE, the Leader of Sunderland City Council, Cllr Graeme Miller, Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council and Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Michael Mordey, the Mayors from a number of neighbouring local authorities, and representatives from the Sunderland Armed Forces Partnership and Veterans Forum.
Following a speech from the Mayor, Cllr David Snowdon, and sounding of the Last Post and Two Minute Silence at 11am, there were prayers and readings before the laying of wreaths.
The Mayor of Sunderland, Cllr David Snowdon said: "I was honoured to represent the people of the city at such a momentous civic event, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and paying tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of all those who took part.
"It was inspirational to see veterans groups and the armed forces so well represented here today, and I'd like to thank everyone who joined us to make it such a memorable civic occasion for everyone concerned.
"Sunderland has a proud military tradition and close relationship with the armed forces which we will continue to work hard to develop, and provide help and support to all those who have served, and continue to serve our country, with such valour and distinction."