Joining in a global tribute

The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust will be supporting a virtual service this coming Sunday (17 May) that will bring the world together to remember those who lost their lives in World War Two and who, to this day, have no known grave.

The Royal Air Force is asking people to join together across the country and the world in paying their respects to the fallen via an online ceremony that will replace the Annual Commemorative Ceremony at the Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede, which cannot be held this year because of the coronovirus pandemic.

The virtual service will be shown on various media platforms thanks to a collaboration between the RAF and the armed forces broadcaster (BFBS). 

Organisers say: “In this unprecedented year we have just commemorated the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, we will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day in August and we are commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Battle Of Britain.  And while not forgetting our history and reflecting on the huge commitment of our forebears we will also be reflecting on the tragic loss of so many around the World to COVID 19, the hidden enemy.”

Here’s how to watch and listen to the virtual commemoration:

Watch online at 11am – to find out how, visit, where there is also more information about the event.

Listen on BFBS Radio worldwide at 14.30 (UK time) at

Watch on TV Forces News Weekend at 17.30 (UK time) on BFBS Extra overseas or on Forces TV in the UK on Sky 181, Virgin 274, Freesat 165, Freeview 96 and YouView 96.

A podcast will also be available afterwards at

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