Organisers, caterers, car parking marshalls, security staff and representatives from the ATC and RAF are meeting at Capel-le-Ferne this morning (4 June) to continue planning for the highlight of the Trust’s year – our annual Memorial Day.
This year’s guest of honour will be Air Vice-Marshal A M Turner CB CBE, who is set to be promoted to Air Marshal and Deputy Commander Capability, Headquarters Air Command and Air Member for Personnel and Capability with effect from 23 May 2019. The Kent Wing of the Air Training Corps will provide an arms drill and a band display, while music will be provided by the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and the day will end with a Sunset Ceremony
The display by the RAF Central Band and the flypast by aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (weather and serviceability permitting) are two highlights of the day, while the BBMF’s return to give a display during the afternoon is always eagerly anticipated. Standard bearers from many ex-service organisations will add their usual colourful presence to the event.
This year’s event, which takes place on Sunday 7 July, will mark 25 years since Wing Commander Geoffrey Page – one of the Few and the original driving force behind the National Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne – invited members of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association to the first such event in 1994.
While the first event was advertised as being “a very informal affair”, with no budget to provide either seats or portable toilets, 2019’s Memorial Day will be more organised, although remembrance remains at the heart of the day’s parade and service of commemoration.
The shop, cafe and Scramble Experience will all be open for most of the day, adding additional attractions to this day of tribute and remembrance.
Read more about the first Memorial Day in our blog here.