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
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