RAF Takes Part in National Service of Remembrance

RAF personnel joined the Royal Family, the Prime Minister and thousands of veterans at the Cenotaph today for the National Service of Remembrance.

More than 800 Armed Forces personnel took part in the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremonies in central London, with over 100 serving in the RAF.

This year, Remembrance Sunday ends a year of anniversaries including the 70th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement, the 80th anniversary of the Dambuster Raid and the 20th anniversary of the start of British military operations in Iraq.

“As the nation comes together to remember all those who died serving their country, we remember with gratitude the sacrifices of the entire Armed Forces community and thank all those in uniform who protect our country and its way of life.”

Grant Shapps
Defence Secretary

The Chief of the Air Staff, alongside the Chief of the Defence Staff and service chiefs of the Royal Navy and British Army laid a wreath on behalf of the Armed Forces.

“At the Cenotaph, around the country and on operations overseas, members of the Armed Forces will pause to remember all those who have died in service of their country. The legacy of the fallen lives on in the dedication and duty of today’s Armed Forces.”

Sir Tony Radakin
Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral

The RAF was represented on parade predominately by personnel from King’s Colour Squardron, RAF Regiment and the Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service.

Following the service, eight trumpeters of the Royal Air Force sounded the Rouse before the massed bands performed the national anthem.

The Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth and The Central Band of the Royal Air Force joined The Massed Bands of the Household Division to play music as around 10,000 veterans marched past the Cenotaph.