The annual Services of Remembrance will take place as usual on Remembrance Sunday 10th November, with the Service at the French Memorial, Elvington Village commencing at 11am and the afternoon Service in the Yorkshire Air Museum’s Chapel and attractive Memorial Gardens commencing at 13:30pm.
The Services will be attended by a 10 strong contingent from Groupes Lourds, the French Veterans Association, probably including some veterans of RAF Elvington’s famous French Squadrons 346 “Guyenne” Squadron and 347 “Tunisie” Squadron.
Also attending will be representatives of RAF Linton on Ouse, RAF Leeming and RAF Fylingdales plus representatives of the French, Canadian, Australian and United States Air Forces, a fabulous gesture of support.
This is the 56th Ceremony to take place at the unique French Memorial in Elvington Village, and as usual, there will be a large turnout of some 500 people gathered around the square set back from the road through the village. There will be a Parade by local Scouts, Cubs, Guides and Brownies with their Band and this show of respect is something that the French attendees deeply appreciate. Many veterans have now sadly passed away, and some too frail to make the journey, but their hearts will be with us for sure and their relatives are taking up the baton to come and pay their tribute.
After the wreaths are laid at the Service at the French Memorial, the Parade marches back through the Village, where a Salute is taken by the attending dignitaries and representatives of Elvington Parish Council and it is indeed wonderful that the youngsters always enjoy taking part in this longstanding Act of Remembrance.
Similarly, wreaths will be laid in the Memorial Garden at the Yorkshire Air Museum to round off another poignant day. Visitors to the Museum are most welcome to join us for the Chapel service and wreath laying ceremony.