Saturday, 31 October 2015
Battle of Britain at 75
Monument to the Few
The Battle of Britain, lasting three months and three weeks, ended this day in 1940. Acknowledged as a turning point in the Second World War, and one of the most significant moments in modern British history, the 75th anniversary of the event has been commemorated this year with fly-pasts and concerts.
I've always been rather impressed by the National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne on the white cliffs of Dover, Kent — a memorial that feels right in situation and sentiment. The location offers a place for quiet reflection on the sacrifices made to safeguard the future of Britain. The figure of a seated pilot looking out to sea, by artist Harry Gray, watches over a vista that the Battle of Britain pilots would have known very well.
The memorial was opened by the Queen Mother in 1993, and this year the Queen opened a new visitor centre in the shape of a Spitfire wing.
Let us raise a tumbler of whisky to the The Few tonight.