The annual Services of Remembrance will take place at Elvington and the Yorkshire Air Museum as usual this year, with the morning Service at the French Memorial, Elvington Village taking place at 11:00am.
As usual, a good turnout is expected from the Viallage and the Museum supporters, along with our invited guests, which will include representation from regional RAF Bases, French, Canadian and Australian Air Forces and the customary contingent of Groupes Lourds, the French Veterans Association making their way across the channel to be with us once again. So, there should be some 300 – 400 people gathering around the French Memorial. The occasion will mark the 70th Anniversary of the formation of Elvington’s two French Squadrons of RAF Bomber Command and their first missions in support of the D-Day invasion. The Parade of Scouts, Guides, Cubs and Brownies led by their Band will add colour to the poignant ceremony.
In the afternoon, the traditional Service will take place in the Museum’s Chapel, commencing at 13:30pm, followed by the Wreath Laying Ceremony in the Memorial Gardens. All our visitors on the day are welcome to attend this service, and indeed, it is a good day to visit the Museum and remember the sacrifice made by so many over the past generations to ensure our freedom.