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September 17, 2010 15:54 ET

Media Advisory: Media Invited to the Ceremony Marking the 70th Anniversary of Battle of Britain

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2010) - To honour military heroes, Canada's Air Force invites media to attend the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. More than one hundred Canadians flew in this Battle between July and October 1940, and 23 Canadians lost their lives. The Battle was the first major campaign fought entirely by air forces.

WHAT: Ceremony marking the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain
   
WHERE: Canada Aviation and Space Museum (Aviation and Rockcliffe Parkways), Ottawa, Ontario
   
DATE/TIME: Sunday, September 19, 2010 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
   
DIGNITARIES: - Her Excellency The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
  - British High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr. Anthony Cary, CMG
  - Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn
  - Minister of National Defence, The Honourable Peter MacKay
  - Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice-Admiral Bruce Donaldson
  - Chief of the Air Staff, Lieutenant-General André Deschamps

Note to Editors:

Weather permitting the ceremony will feature fly-pasts by vintage Second World War aircraft (Spitfires, Hurricanes, Avro Lancaster) and several Canadian Forces aircraft. Veterans, Canadian Forces members and cadets will also be present.

Should weather conditions be uncertain the day of the ceremony, media can call 613-945-7701 for an update on the location (indoors/outdoors).

Media should confirm attendance by 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2010. 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.

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

Contact Information

  • Christina Lucas
    Canada Aviation and Space Museum
    Communications and Marketing
    613-447-7631
    clucas@technomuses.ca
    or
    Capt. Ken Allan
    Department of National Defence
    Air Force Public Affairs
    Cell: 613-240-8999
    ken.allan@forces.gc.ca