|Another view of the Spitfire|
|The Hawker Hurricane|
|The Spitfire in front of the Peace Tower|
|The Hurricane in front of the Peace Tower|
The ceremony itself was very moving, as it incorporated some of the traditional sombre elements of ceremonial remembrance along with aspects more specific to the event, including quotes from Winston Churchill and some of the airmen involved in the battle. A poem by Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr., a member of the No. 412 Squadron, RCAF who was killed in December of 1941, was read, which was particularly emotional.
The ceremony culminated in a truly rare and remarkable sight-- flypasts from Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft past and present. I was lucky enough to capture them from the perfect spot, on what was a perfect day to be looking at the sky.
In the centre is the Avro Lancaster bomber. The other planes are: a Curtiss P-40-N Kittyhawk, a Robillard Brothers North American Mustang IV (P-51 in the USA), a Hawker Hurricane Mk IV, and a Supermarine Spitfire XVI, all courtesy of Vintage Wings of Canada.
The larger helicopter in the center is a CH-147F Chinook, and the other two are CH-146 Griffons.
A CC-150 Polaris and two CF-18 Hornets.
And finally, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds flew the "missing man" formation to honour those who passed away in service of their country. You'll see the one aircraft depart from the group in a salute to the brave men and women who served during the Battle of Britain.
|Canada's Commander-in-Chief, His Excellency the Right Honorable David Johnston looks on as the Snowbirds emerge, courtesy of Rideau Hall.|
As seen in the pictures, it could not have been a better day to honour this remarkable event. It was amazing to witness these aircraft in person, and I certainly will never forget it.
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