At 11:30am on Thursday 26th July, the Standard of the Yorkshire (Eastern) Region of the Royal Air Forces Association will be formally Laid Up in the Chapel of the Allied Air Forces Memorial & Yorkshire Air Museum.
This will be a poignant and emotional occasion for the members of various RAFA Branches across the Yorkshire Region, which includes Castleford, Tadcaster, Selby, York, Driffield, Bridlington, Hull, Ryedale and Whitby, who are attending this ceremony.
The Standard is a much valued and respected symbol of fellowship and unity, and when on Parade, a powerful reminder of the sense of duty that servicemen and women have to Queen & Country during wartime and conflicts across the globe. This Standard, being a Regional Standard, is a significant historical artefact in its own right and has been Paraded at countless Memorial and reunion events both nationally and regionally over many years, so it is indeed an important moment when it is finally Laid Up.
Ian Reed, Museum Director, comments: “There could perhaps be no more fitting place for this Standard to rest than the peaceful Chapel at the Allied Air Forces Memorial, where it will stand alongside others such as the National Standard of the Air Gunners Association, and other Squadron and RAF Association Standards which have already been Laid Up here from across the United Kingdom. The Service will ensure that the Standard is displayed with the respect and dignity it deserves, and the Museum is proud to accept it into our care.”