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    We have been passed the torch, and we must not fail


    The national Battle of Britain commemorative ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the epic aerial battle was held on September 20, 2020 in Ottawa. The Commander of the Royal Canadian spoke during the ceremony. Here are his remarks.

    Good morning, and welcome also to those joining us online for this unique commemoration marking the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

    I'm particularly moved here this morning to be here at the veterans' section of Beechwood Cemetery beside the Cross of Valour, hallowed ground with its serene beauty, and as such, I believe we're in a perfect setting to pause and remember our fallen. 

    Over forty members who served back in 1940 are laid to rest here. While we do not know exactly what role each of these individuals played during that turbulent time, and in the period around the Battle of Britain, we continue to reflect on their courage, their bravery, and we will always honour their service to .

    Joining us to commemorate this epic air battle is World War II veteran, Mr. Robert Bradley. When he was a young 17 ½ year-old man, Mr. Bradley underwent training as an air gunner.

    After receiving his wings, Mr. Bradley was posted overseas and underwent bomber training to fly in the mighty Lancaster. This amazing man flew 30 missions as a tail gunner in a Lancaster Squadron before serving as a gunner trainer until the war's end.

    We are so lucky to have him here this year. Thanks for joining us, Mr. Bradley.


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