As we look ahead to Remembrance Sunday (11th November), Elvington will once again become a major focus of Remembrance as there will be the traditional Services at the French Memorial in Elvington Village and later in the YAM Station Chapel and Memorial Garden.
French Memorial, Evington Village: 11am. There will be the customary Parade of Scouts, Guides, Cubs and Brownies for this 55th Act of Remembrance at the French Memorial to Elvington’s WWII French Squadrons. Some 400 people are expected to attend, including a delegation from France, representatives of regional Royal Air Force bases and Air Attachés of Allied nations, in addition to many village residents. Wreaths will be laid during the colourful and poignant occasion, led this year by the new Vicar of Elvington, the Revd. Ian Kitchen.
(The French Memorial was inaugurated in September 1957 and ever since, there has been a Remembrance Sunday Service held which has become an annual tradition in the life of the Village.)
YAM Station Chapel: 13:30pm. The ceremony this year will incorporate the Laying Up of the Standard of 6 Group (RCAF) Bomber Command – 70 years since the Standard was Inaugurated. The Standard will rest with other significant Squadron and Association Colours in the Chapel. Canadian Air Force and Embassy representatives will be attending this ceremony, along with those attending the Elvington ceremony. Wreaths will be laid in the Memorial Garden following the chapel service, where the Last Post and Reveille will be played by Museum volunteer, Hannah Bandy, from our Nimrod aircraft team, providing a poignant finale to the proceedings.
Visitors to the Yorkshire Air Museum on the day are welcome to join us for the Service, and indeed the earlier Service, in what is a most fitting venue to remember the contribution of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts long past and, indeed, more recent.