Battle of Britain Ceremony 2019 Booklet

Download the Battle of Britain Program Booklet (PDF, 504 kb). HTML version below.

Download the Battle of Britain Program Booklet (504 kb). HTML version below.

2019 National Ceremony
10:00 a.m., Sunday, September 15, 2019
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
11 Aviation Pkwy, Ottawa, ON

Vintage aircraft fly by weather permitting

Schedule of events

  • Parade Marches On
  • Arrival of Guests of Honour and Commander RCAF
  • National Anthem performed by RCAF Honorary Colonel Loreena McKennitt and the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Flypast
  • Inspection
  • Reading of "High Flight" 
  • Reading of "Airman's Prayer"
  • Moment of reflection
  • "Last Post"
  • Two Minutes of Silence
  • "Rouse"
  • "Piper's Lament"
  • Flypast
  • Act of Remembrance
  • Commitment to Remember
  • Laying of Wreaths
  • Benediction
  • Speeches
  • "God Save the Queen"
  • March Past
  • Flypast
  • Reception

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air...

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
NO. 412 Squadron, RCAF
died December 11, 1941

Act of remembrance

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

The Royal Canadian Air Force extends its gratitude and respect to all our veterans, past and present. More than 100 Canadian airmen flew in the Battle of Britain, with hundreds more serving as ground crew. We are eternally grateful for their sacrifices and acknowledge that the RCAF of today has been built by those who have served before us. Let us never forget those brave Canadians who risked their lives 79 years ago.

Our thanks

  • Canada Aviation and Space Museum
  • The Central Band of the Canadian Arm d Forces
  • Royal Canadian Air Cadets
  • Royal Canadian Air Force Association
  • Royal Canadian Air Force Pipes and Drums
  • Royal Canadian Legion
  • Vintage Wings of Canada