The annual Ceremony of Homage to Fallen Polish Airmen of World War Two was held at the Polish Air Force Memorial at South Ruislip, near RAF Northolt in greater London on September 7. The ceremony opened with a Parade of Standards led by the replica Polish Air Force Standard. Polish Air Force Memorial Committee Chairman Richard Kornicki CBE DL, followed with his address, welcoming dignitaries, veterans, guests and the public.
His speech was followed by the Polish Roll-Call of the Fallen, carried out by the Officer Cadets of the Polish Air Force Academy, Dęblin and prayers led by Ks Stefan Wylężek, Rector of the Polish Catholic Mission in England and Wales.
Invited dignitaries, representing national and local government, Polish and Royal Air Forces and various organisations and associations laid wreaths at the memorial. They were followed by veterans and descendants of the Polish squadrons and units commemorated on the memorial that flew with the RAF from 1940 to 1945. Concluding prayers were led by Rev Squadron Leader Neil Galloway followed by the Last Post and a minute’s silence ending with Reveille. The hour-long ceremony ended with the Polish and UK national anthems and withdrawal of the Standards followed by the trumpeter playing ‘White Roses’. Personal wreaths were laid after the ceremony ended.
Next year’s commemoration will take place at noon on September 5 and will mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
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