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.
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.
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 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.