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Portsmouth International Port

Pause to remember at Portsmouth International Port

06 April 2014

The CWGC has joined forces with Portsmouth International Port and Portsmouth City Council to host an exhibition inside the Portsmouth passenger terminal from 19 May 2014 until 19 June 2014. This unique exhibition aims to provide an interesting and thoughtful moment for passengers waiting to set off on their travels.

This year, the United Kingdom will mark both the start of the Centenary of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of D-Day. With thousands of people expected to head out to the continent to visit these historic events and locations, the CWGC's exhibition will focus on the many cemeteries and memorials in France and Belgium as well as those who are commemorated there.

Personal stories of the soldiers who died on the battlefields will help to illustrate the impact of both wars. Young men like sixteen year old Jack Banks, who is buried in the smallest military cemetery in Normandy. Or Arturo Fanconi, who gave his life to rescue his comrades and is now buried at the CWGC Bayeux War Cemetery. Displays about locations in Northern France, maintained by the CWGC, will help visitors plan their journey after getting off the ferry from Portsmouth International Port.

The first week of June will be incredibly busy at Portsmouth, as thousands will make their way to Normandy. The exhibition has been designed to appeal to a wide range of people, and to give passengers the opportunity to pause and remember. There will be a special reception in the terminal to welcome veterans who are making the journey to Normandy and local schools are invited to learn more by attending special lessons. The CWGC is providing its award-winning resources to teachers and students of all ages studying the world wars. As well as a tour of the exhibition, school groups can visit the CWGC Portsmouth Naval Memorial on the Southsea seafront and the D-Day Museum.