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.
The High Commissioner for Canada, Gordon Campbell led a Service of Remembrance at the Canada Memorial in Green Park, London on November 13 to honour those Canadians who have lost their lives in the service of their country.
The High Commissioner also took part in a ceremony at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey on November 11 to pay homage to the 2,731 Canadian soldiers buried there - 326 of whom died during the First World War and 2,405 in the Second World War.
The Canada Memorial was unveiled by Her Majesty the Queen in 1994 as a tribute to the 113,663 members of the Canadian Forces killed during the First and Second World Wars. Designed by the Canadian sculptor Pierre Granche, the Canada Memorial is inset with bronze maple leaves and an inscription at the centre reads:
"In two world wars one million Canadians came to Britain and joined the fight for freedom. From danger shared, our friendship prospers."
Note: While the site remains open to visitors, please be advised that the water feature is currently turned off.