Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 13, 2012 14:00 ET

Flypast of Vintage and Current RCAF Aircraft, Veterans on Parade to Mark 72nd Anniversary of Battle of Britain

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2012) - On Sunday, September 16, 2012, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will mark the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a memorial ceremony, parade and fly-past of vintage and current RCAF aircraft. The public is invited to attend the event from 10:15 a.m. to noon at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.

"The Battle of Britain was one of the most significant battles in the history of the modern world. We honour those Canadians who were part of the stand against a relentless enemy that had already ravaged most of Europe," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "We are proud of their achievements and those of our modern day veterans and encourage all Canadians to honour them for their courageous service and sacrifice."

The Battle of Britain was the first battle to be fought solely in the air. More than 100 Canadian airmen served in the RCAF or Britain's Royal Air Force during the battle. "It was the ultimate mission against a formidable foe, but our intrepid young Canadians rose magnificently to the challenge," said Lieutenant-General André Deschamps, Commander of the RCAF. "They did it because it was the right and honourable thing to do. This is the legacy that has been passed on to our current-serving airmen and airwomen. Their incredible feats should give every Canadian an enormous sense of pride."

Weather permitting; this year's ceremony will showcase a fly-past by vintage aircraft, as well as modern RCAF aircraft. Second World War veterans will parade alongside RCAF personnel and Air Cadets while accompanied by the music of the Central Band of the Canadian Forces, and the Air Command Pipes and Drums.

If weather conditions are uncertain, updates on the location of the ceremony (indoors/outdoors) will be available by calling 613-996-5930.

There is no charge to attend this event and free parking is available at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

For more information about the Battle of Britain and the 72nd commemorative ceremonies held in Ottawa and across the country, please visit www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca

Note to Editor / News Director:

Media are asked to confirm attendance by 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2012. Some parking is reserved for media - follow the employee parking signs. Media with satellite trucks are requested to arrive at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum by 9:30 a.m. with all other media arriving by 10:00 a.m.

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