Another great Memorial Day

There were plenty of VIPs on parade, but the real star of our 79th Memorial Day was Wing Cdr Paul Farnes DFM, former Hurricane pilot, Battle of Britain Ace and one of the remaining members of the Few.

Wing Cdr Farnes, who will be an impressive 101 next week, also featured on the big screen in a video made by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust in which he reflected on life in the RAF and the role of the Few in preventing a Nazi invasion in 1940.

A good crowd, fine weather, two appearances by aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and music from Kent Wing of the the Air Training Corps and the Central Band of the Royal Air Force all contributed to another great Memorial Day.

AAir Marshal A M Turner CB CBE, Deputy Commander of the Royal Air Force,, was guest of honour at the event, which marked the 79th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain and also paid tribute to the role played by Polish aircrew.

The day, which included an arms drill display by Kent Wing of the ATC as well as a band display, ended with a Sunset Ceremony that took advantage of the raised bunds around the site. Standard bearers from many ex-service organisations made their usual colourful contribution to the day’s commemorations.

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    Our Polish family would like to say ‘Thank You’ for organising a wonderful Ceremony of 79 anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Was a such a heartwarming day, The Polish contribution to the War was very respectfully spoken of by Air Marshal Stephen Dalton in his speech.
    It was wonderful to meet so many Poles celebrating and remembering those brave Few who made it possible for us to enjoy a free world today.
    With a great respect to those who contributed
    and warm greetings
    Anetta, Tom, Natalia & Julia
    from 303JagSquad project.

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