2013 Ceremony

73rd Anniversary Ceremony

Sunday, September 15, 2013 10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Aviation and Rockcliffe Parkways
Ottawa, Ontario

The Royal Canadian Air Force in association with the Air Force Association of Canada, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Vintage Wings of Canada, and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum invites the people of the National Capital Region to show their appreciation to veterans and especially the Canadians who participated in the Battle of Britain, by attending this stirring and highly visual event.

Features

The Battle of Britain Ceremony will feature fly-pasts* by vintage Second World War aircraft and Canadian Forces aircraft. Second World War veterans will march alongside members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and Air Cadets, with musical accompaniment by the Central Band of the Canadian Forces, Air Command Pipes and Drums.

* Fly-pasts are dependant on weather and aircraft availability. This is not an air show.

Parade

The Battle of Britain parade honours and commemorates the members of the Air Force who fought and died during the battle and as well as recognizes all the men and women who continue to serve in the Air Force today. The parade, part of the Battle of Britain ceremony, takes places every third Sunday in September at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Veterans march alongside serving members of Canada’s Air Force and Cadets with musical accompaniment by the Central Band of the Canadian Forces, Air Command Pipes and Drums.

More than one hundred Canadians flew in the Battle of Britain between July and October 1940. Twenty-three Canadians lost their lives. Historians have described the Battle, which involved almost 3,000 allied aircrew, as the turning point of the Second World War. The victory, described by Sir Winston Churchill as Britain’s “finest hour” gave hope to a demoralized Britain and northern Europe. It was the first battle to be won purely by air power.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the parade and ceremony and help in marking this significant and highly visual event.

Information for veterans who wish to participate in this year’s parade:

  • Please arrive at the museum by 9:45
  • Form up will be inside the museum at the South West Corner
  • The parade will march on at about 10:25
  • All Eastern Region Wings are invited to attend
  • Association Dress required

Weather Conditions

Weather permitting, the ceremony will proceed as planned with fly-pasts. Should it rain, the ceremony will be held inside the Museum without fly-pasts. If weather conditions are in question, recorded updates will be provided at 613-996-5930.

Admission and Seating

Admission to the ceremony is free.

Please note that seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Spectators should be seated by 10:15 a.m.

Where to Park

Free parking is available at the Museum. Due to limited space, veterans and persons with disabilities will have priority. Other spaces on the grounds will be identified as parking on the day of the event.

Note: The Rockcliffe Pathway near the Canada Aviation and Space Museum will be temporarily closed between 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

How to Get There

Please note that OC Transpo has discontinued bus service to the Museum on the weekends.

Driving Directions

From Downtown Ottawa

  1. Take Sussex Dr. East (becomes Rockcliffe Parkway)
  2. Exit at Aviation Parkway

 From Ottawa West

  1. Take Highway 417 East
  2. Exit at St. Laurent Blvd North
  3. Turn right on Ogilvie Road
  4. Turn left on Aviation Parkway

From Ottawa East

  1. Take Highway 174 West
  2. Exit at St. Laurent Blvd North
  3. Turn right on Ogilvie Road
  4. Turn left on Aviation Parkway

Events at Royal Canadian Air Force Wings

1 Wing Kingston

Location: City Park, Kingston

Date: 15 September, 2013

Time: 10:30 a.m.

 

3 Wing Bagotville

Location: Air Defence museum's commemorative park, La Baie, Qc

Date: 15 September 2013

Time: TBC (To Be Confirmed)

 

4 Wing Cold Lake

Location: Cenotaph, Cold Lake north

Date: 15 September, 2013

Time: Seated by 10:30 a.m.

 

5 Wing Goose Bay

Location: Aviation Memorial Park

Date: 15 September 2013

Time: 09:30 a.m.

  

9 Wing Gander

Location: St. Martin's Anglican Church, 2 Lindbergh Rd., Gander, NL A1V 2E7

Date: 15 September, 2013

Time: 10:30 hrs

Immediately following the Church service will be a wreath laying ceremony at the main cenotaph on Airport Blvd.

 

12 Wing Shearwater

Location: TBC

Date: TBC

Time: TBC

14 Wing Greenwood

Location: Wing Chapel at the start followed by a Commemorative Parade at the RCAF Cenotaph 107 Wing Greenwood, 904 Central Avenue.

Date: 15 September 2013

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Service followed by the parade at 14:00

 

15 Wing Moose Jaw

Location: 15 Wing (at the intersection of NATO Drive and Davidson Avenue), Moose Jaw, SK

Date: 15 September, 2013

Time: 11:00 a.m.

 

16 Wing Borden

Location: Memorial Square on Dunlop St, Barrie, Ontario

Date: 15 September, 2013

Time: 10:30 a.m.

 

17 Wing Winnipeg

Location: Garden of Memories (just outside the 1 CAD gate)

Date: 15 September, 2013

Time: 10:00 a.m.

 

19 Wing Comox

Location: Heritage Air Park, 19 Wing, Lazo BC (off Military Row)

Date: 15 September, 2013

Time: TBC

22 Wing North Bay

Location: Branch 23 Royal Canadian Legion, Memorial Park, North Bay, ON

Date: 15 September, 2013

Time: 13:00