Battle of Britain anniversary service held
Monday, 19th September 2016
A Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication to mark Battle of Britain Sunday was held at Westminster Abbey on Sunday 18th September 2016.
HRH The Prince of Wales was represented by Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns GCB KCVO CBE. The National Anthem was sung.
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.’
Warrant Officer Karen Pinnion RAF read Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8, and Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC ADC RAF, Chief of the Air Staff, read St Luke 9: 51-62.
The Address was given by the Venerable (Air Vice-Marshal) Jonathan Chaffey QHC RAF, Chaplain-in-Chief of the Royal Air Force.