Battle of Britain Ceremony
I was asked by the Chairman of Cornwall Council to stand in for her for the ceremony for the71st Anniversary of the Battle of Britain; which took place in Portreath’s St Marys’ Parish Church; near the current and Second World War Air Station. I was only too happy to stand in because even though I did my time in the Senior Service my Father (1968-93) and Grandfather (1941-70) both served in the RAF. So, I have a soft spot for the junior service.
As the years go by, there are less and less veterans from the war period. So, it was nice to see so many veterans wearing their campaign medals for this ceremony. As with all remembrance ceremonies it is a moving experience; more so when the names of those who paid the ultimate price are read out.
It was especially poignant because out of the many names read out many were not British servicemen, but from the Commonwealth including Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Churchill, perfectly sums up the debt owed by us with his immortal words:
“The gratitude of every home in our island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, turned the tide of the world war, by their prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”.