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He welcomed Armed Forces Day, adding: "It's a good opportunity for people to come and talk to us and hear what's happening from the people who were there."
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In Manchester city centre, the King's Division marching band attracted large crowds with an impressive show, while visitors to Piccadilly Gardens took part in military fitness sessions and tackled a climbing wall.
In Macclesfield, veterans were invited to a special town hall reception.
He shared a brew with two brothers, Simon and Jamie Bloor, from Wythenshawe.
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watched it blow up in front of me. We landed at Arromanches two days later."
"It's hard cause you've got to defend yourself but you're under rules of engagement because there are a lot of civilians in the villages and a major reason you're there is to protect them too."
Tameside also took a step back in time with songs and dance from the wartime era at Victoria Park, Denton.
Military bands performed and there was wartime style entertainment, as well as special offers and free travel for members of the army, navy and air force.
"It was very full on," he said.
Across the region, civilians turned out to show their gratitude to servicemen and women.
Mr Heaviside, who has eight campaign medals from the war and was wounded when he was hit in the leg by a 'moaning minnie' shell, said: "Armed Forces Day is lovely. It makes people think about what we did."
D Day veteran John Caveney, 85, lives in Chadderton, served four years as a torpedo man in the Royal Navy during World War Two.
Simon, 30 and also a marine, has just returned from Afghanistan where he served in Kajaki with 45 Commando, with responsiblity for protecting a dam which the Taliban wanted to destroy.
He said: "I was a mill apprentice and had a letter from the government saying I had to join up or go down the pits.
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Mr Heaviside, formerly of the Reconnaissance Corps, spent seven years in the army after joining in 1939.
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Jamie, 31, spent four years in the Royal Marines and now runs Manchester based fitness programme, Civilian Military Fitness.
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