Westminster Abbey marks Battle of Britain Anniversary
Sunday, 17th September 2017
HRH The Prince of Wales, Patron, Battle of Britain Fighter Association, and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall attended a Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication to mark the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at Westminster Abbey on Sunday 17th September 2017.
In his Bidding, the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, said:
Once again we come together on Battle of Britain Sunday in this House of Kings and House of Prayer to give thanks for the dedication and heroism of members of the Royal Air Force and the allied air forces in that remarkable struggle for air supremacy over Britain in October 1940. Their courage marked a turning point in the war, for without their bravery it is hard to see how the Second World War could have been won.
As we reflect today on their gallantry and fortitude, we remember all who have served and still serve in the Royal Air Force. We honour all who fight in the service of freedom; we express penitence for the suffering and destruction caused by armed conflicts; and we renew our commitment to work for justice, freedom, and decency.
Flight Lieutenant Alexandra Nash RAF read Isaiah 40: 25-31, and Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC ADC RAF, Chief of the Air Staff, read St Mark 14: 3-11.