National Battle of Britain Ceremony

2016 National Ceremony
Sunday, September 18
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Local Ceremonies

The Royal Canadian Air Force, in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Air Force Association, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Vintage Wings of Canada, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, and the National Air Force Museum of Canada, invites members of the public in the National Capital Region to show their appreciation to veterans, especially Canadians, who participated in the Battle of Britain, by attending the National Battle of Britain ceremony.

History

The annual commemoration of the Battle of Britain honours the airmen who fought and died during the battle and recognizes those who continue to serve in the Royal Canadian Air Force today. The ceremony, including the parade, takes places on the third Sunday in September.

More than one hundred Canadians flew in the Battle of Britain between July and October 1940 and 23 lost their lives; an unknown number also served as groundcrew. Historians have described the Battle, which involved almost 3,000 Allied airmen, as a turning point of the Second World War. The victory, described by Sir Winston Churchill as Britain’s “finest hour” halted a planned invasion of Great Britain and gave hope to a demoralized Britain and northern Europe. It was the first battle to be won by air power.