Battle of Britain Thanksgiving Service 2012

Battle of Britain Thanksgiving and Rededication Service

September 16th 2012

Cadet Warrant Officer O’Keefe, Cadet Flight Sergeant Gilbert and Cadet Sergeant O’Keefe, along with fellow cadets from both London and Middlessex Wings, had the opportunity to meet the new Air Officer Commanding (AOC) for the Air Cadet Organisation – Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, at Westminster Abbey.

The cadets were attending the annual  thanksgiving and rededication service held at Westminster Abbey, as part of Battle of Britain Sunday.

      At Westminster Abbey was The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, who led the nation in paying tribute to the massive sacrifice of the men and women of Fighter Command who defended the skies of the UK during the Battle of Britain.

The commemoration started with the laying of wreaths at the RAF memorial by the Thames on London’s Embankment. Later at Westminster Abbey, several dozen veterans who had piloted Hurricanes and Spitfires during the dark days of 1940 when Britain was in great danger of invasion were ushered into their seats by young men and women of today’s Royal Air Force. “The few did not let us down; they displayed courage over fear and hope rather than despair” was how The Venerable Raymond Pentland, Chaplain-in-Chief of the RAF described the aircrew from 1940.

 

R Harvey Sqn MCO