Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 17, 2009 13:28 ET

Media Advisory: Public and Media Invited to a Commemorative Battle of Britain Ceremony

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2009) - Canada's Air Force, in association with the Air Force Association of Canada, Canada Aviation Museum, Vintage Wings of Canada, Russell Aviation Group, and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, invites residents of the National Capital Region and the media to attend a commemorative ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and honour Canadian heroes. More than one hundred Canadians flew in the Battle of Britain between July and October 1940, and 23 Canadians lost their lives.



WHAT: Battle of Britain Ceremony

WHERE: Canada Aviation Museum (Aviation and Rockcliffe Parkways),
Ottawa, Ontario

DATE/TIME: Sunday, September 20, 2009 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

ATTENDING: - British High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr. Anthony Cary,
CMG
- Minister of National Defence, The Honourable Peter MacKay
- Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice-Admiral Denis Rouleau
- Chief of the Air Staff, Lieutenant-General Angus Watt


Weather permitting, the ceremony will feature fly-pasts by vintage Second World War aircraft (Spitfires, Hurricanes, Avro Lancaster), several Canadian Forces aircraft and the Hawk One (F-86 Sabre - in celebration of Canada's Centennial of Flight). Veterans will march alongside serving members of Canada's Air Force and Air Cadets, with musical accompaniment by the Central Band of the Canadian Forces, Air Command Pipes and Drums.

Toward the close of the Battle of Britain ceremony, Lieutenant-General Angus Watt, Chief of the Air Staff and Commander of Air Command, will unveil the winning artwork from the Centennial of Flight Military Aviation Art Contest. He will grant a brief media opportunity immediately following the ceremony.

Public admission is free with parking available at the Canada Aviation Museum. The public is requested to be seated by 10:15 a.m. with seating provided on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Should weather conditions be in question for the fly-past and the ceremony location (outdoor/indoor), recorded updates will be available by phoning 613-944-3293 or 613-993-4243.

For more information on the Battle of Britain, please visit: www.airforce.forces.gc.ca

NOTE TO EDITORS:

Media planning to attend the ceremony are requested to notify Air Force Public Affairs by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2009. Some parking is reserved for media - follow the VIP parking signs. Media with satellite trucks are requested to arrive at the Canada Aviation Museum by 9:30 a.m., with all other media arriving by 10:00 a.m.

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