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Battle of Britain commemorations to take place online

Battle of Britain commemorations to take place online

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23 Apr, 2020

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Second World War air battle. The anniversary is normally marked with a service on a Sunday in early July, but the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted plans, meaning that commemorations for the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain will take place online.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust is emulating the wartime spirit and refusing to let the virus prevent remembrance of the courage and sacrifice of those who served. ‘The country is facing a similar challenge to the one it faced in 1940 and we are determined to show the resolve that the men of the RAF showed in the face of adversity,’ says Group Captain Patrick Tootal OBE, Hon Secretary of the Trust Group. ‘We will not be beaten by the virus but will find other ways to commemorate this important year.’

The Battle of Britain began on 10 July 1940, with this year’s commemoration event originally scheduled for 12 July. ’The coronavirus crisis means we can’t have memorial day in its usual form, but we are committed to pressing ahead with a suitable commemoration of the RAF’s victory in 1940,’ Gp Capt Tootal adds.

Further details of this year’s online memorial day will be released in due course.

To find out more about the work of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, click here

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