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