|Event Name||The Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication on Battle of Britain Sunday|
|Start Date||20th Sep 2009 11:00am|
This annual service marks the remarkable victory, and loss of life, by Royal Air Force pilots and aircrew during the Battle of Britain in 1940 and is an occasion to mark the nation's gratitude for the service and sacrifice of those who took part in this critical phase of World War Two.
The Battle of Britain was the first major campaign to be fought entirely in the skies. When the battle was over 544 RAF pilots and aircrew were dead. The conflict brought together a truly multinational force comprising 574 British, 139 Poles, 98 New Zealanders, 86 Canadians, 84 Czechoslovakians, 29 Belgians, 21 Australians, 20 South Africans, 13 French, 10 Irish plus others from the USA, Jamaica, Palestine and Southern Rhodesia.
It was Churchill who said on 20 August 1940: "The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning 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."
The pilots and aircrew are commemorated in the RAF Chapel at the east end of the Abbey's Henry VII Chapel where a magnificent stained glass memorial window designed by Hugh Easton was unveiled by King George VI on 10 July 1947.
WorshipMusicVisit UsEventsEducationHistoryThe InstituteSt Margaret's ChurchChoir SchoolSupport the Abbey
Daily Services General Service Times Special Services Sermons Dean & Chapter Minor Canons Dean's Welcome Edwardtide National Pilgrimage The Society of Our Lady of Pew Banners Crosses IconsMusic
Choral services Concerts Organ Recitals The Choir of Westminster Abbey The Music Department RecordingsVisit Us
Entry Times Entry Charges Planning Your Visit Access & Facilities Guided Tours Verger Guided Tour Audio Tour Picture Gallery Food & Drink The Abbey Shop Abbey Gardens Abbey Treasures The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries Virtual TourEvents
Abbey Flag Days Abbey Flag Calendar 2017 Commonwealth National days Bell Ringing Days Eric Symes Abbott Memorial LecturesEducation History
Abbey History Art Architecture Famous People Royals The Coronation Chair Order of the Bath Abbey bells Benedictine monastery Jerusalem Chamber, Cheyneygates, College Hall. War Damage Abbots & DeansThe Institute
Past Westminster Abbey Institute Lectures Institute People Fellows' Programme Charles Gore Memorial Lectures One People OrationSt Margaret's Church Choir School
Educational approach Musical Education Westminster Abbey Choir Activities and Boarding Fees Admissions Chorister ExperienceSupport the Abbey