ST PANCRAS INTERNATIONAL – LONDON’S GATEWAY TO WAR GRAVES AND BATTLEFIELDS IN BELGIUM AND NORTHERN FRANCE
6 Nov 2009
Special Remembrance Day service at the station on Wednesday 11 November
Eurostar, the high-speed provider of carbon neutral journeys between the UK and the continent, has seen an increase in the number of enquiries both nationally and internationally, about travel to sites and memorials where many family members involved in the conflicts of the two World Wars lost their lives and few survived. St Pancras International is London's gateway to the battlefields and war graves in Belgium and Northern France.
This interest has principally been generated from the media coverage around the passing of the last British WW1 veterans and the various key anniversaries of both world wars.
This special Remembrance Day mark's another chapter in Britain's history and for the second consecutive year, a service will be held at St Pancras International at 10:45 with the two-minute silence being observed on Eurostar trains and at stations at 11:00. A poppy display will be on the glass wall surrounding the Eurostar platforms at the station – creating the longest poppy wall in London.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Ranald Leask, commented: "For the commission, remembering those who fell in the two World Wars remains as important as ever, and given the recent deaths of Harry Patch and Henry Allingham - the last British servicemen who fought in the Great War - it is perhaps all the more important that this November, we pause to reflect on their sacrifice. Visitor numbers to the thousands of cemeteries and memorials which the Commission maintains continues to increase, as interest in the events which shaped the country we live in today grows."
Eurostar's Director of Communications, Mary Walsh, commented: "During the World Wars, rail and boat-train was the only way for British and Allied troops to travel to and from the front which used to take several days. Today, it is high-speed rail which provides easy, fast access along the route. Lille and Brussels are the principal destinations which are located close to many of the war grave sites. We are very proud to participate in Remembrance Day on Wednesday 11 November."