75th Anniversary Battle of Britain Ceremonies
75th Anniversary National Ceremony
Sunday, September 20, 2015
12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
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 anniversary ceremony.
This stirring and highly visual event, which will take place on Sunday, September 20 at 12:45 p.m. on Parliament Hill, will feature fly-pasts* by vintage Second World War aircraft and Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft, including the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.
The commemorative ceremony will include a parade in which Second World War veterans will march alongside members of the Royal Canadian Air Force and Air Cadets. The Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Air Force Pipes and Drums will provide musical accompaniment.
Attendees can visit static displays on Parliament Hill, such as a replica Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire, climb into a CF-18 Hornet cockpit and speak with a CF-18 pilot. Interpreters in period costume will also be available to answer questions. Dr. Andrea McCrady, Dominion Carillonneur, will play the Peace Tower Carillon 12:30 p.m..
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.
Members of the public are welcome to attend their local ceremony and help mark this significant commemorative event.