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The unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park

Bomber Command Veterans
Canadian Bomber Command Veterans pose for a group photo outside the Runnymede Air Forces Memorial.

A memorial to the 55,573 members of Bomber Command who were killed during World War II was unveiled on June 28, 2012, by Her Majesty the Queen.

Present were 42 Canadian veterans of Bomber Command, accompanied by the Hon. Stephen Blaney, Minister for Veterans Affairs, and Lieutenant-General André Deschamps, Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

“This memorial will serve as a reminder of the commitment and sacrifices made by our nation’s truest heroes, helping to ensure their stories live on for future generations,” Minister Blaney said. “The thousands of young Canadians who were an integral part of Bomber Command were an important factor in the Allied victory during the Second World War, and our Government recognizes their sacrifices and contributions.”

About 50,000 Canadians flew in Bomber Command, and more than 10,000 didn’t return home. The monument, in London’s Green Park, features a sculpture of a crew of seven airmen. The roof of the memorial is made from metal recovered from a Canadian Halifax bomber.

Minister Steven Blaney and Canadian Bomber Command veterans unveil Bomber Command Memorial in London


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