2015 Ceremony: 75th Anniversary

75th Anniversary Ceremony

Sunday, September 20, 2015
12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Parliament Hill
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.