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Battle of Britain remembered during Wycombe service
4:28pm Sunday 16th September 2012 in News
THE sacrifice and bravery of the heroes of the Battle of Britain were commemorated during a poignant service in High Wycombe today.
A party of dignitaries including Wycombe MP Steve Baker, council chiefs, mayors from across the district and members of the armed forces marched from Wycombe District Council’s base to All Saint’s Church.
They were met in Church Street by a sea of RAF cadets and residents before wreaths were placed at the foot of the Cenotaph in memory of those who gave their lives for our freedom.
The haunting sound of the Last Post echoed out across a hushed town centre before the minute of silence was brought to an end by the Reveille.
Dignitaries and residents packed in to the church for a thanksgiving service led by All Saints Associate Priest The Rev Jackie Lock and RAF High Wycombe’s Chaplain The Rev David Williams.
The Mayor of High Wycombe Cllr Chauhdry Shafique said: “It was a very uplifting service and we are very grateful to the almighty for our wonderful armed forces who gave their lives for our freedom.
“It was a very special for me to be a part of it. It was a privilege to lay a wreath and to be able to pay my respects to the armed services.”
The Luftwaffe looked to destroy RAF sites around the country in a bid to gain aerial supremacy and launch an invasion by land and sea.
But on Sunday, September 15, 1940 the RAF turned the tide leading to Winston Churchill's famous “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few” speech.