78th anniversary of the Battle of Britain
Monday, 17th September 2018
A Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication to mark the 78th anniversary of the Battle of Britain took place at Westminster Abbey on Sunday 16th September 2018.
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.
Sergeant Nicolette Munro RAF read Deuteronomy 32: 1-12, and Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC ADC RAF, Chief of the Air Staff, read St Mark 10: 35-45.
The Address was given by the Venerable (Air Vice-Marshal) John Ellis QHC RAF, Chaplain-in-Chief of the Royal Air Force.