Still flying high some 71 years on, it’s the spirit of RAFA

A MOVING service of commemoration and thanksgiving to mark the founding of the Royal Air Forces Association took place in Brookwood on Sunday.

The village’s historic Military Cemetery was the venue for an emotional and thought-provoking order of service, which was conducted by the Reverend Dennis Robinson, Chaplain of Gordon’s School and Vicar of Bisley and West End.

SOLEMN RESPECT – military personnel watching on

SOLEMN RESPECT – military personnel watching on

The Air Training Corps formed up under the direction of their RAFA parade warrant officer, after which the resplendent military men and women marched in grand style to the parade area in front of the RAF shelter.

This was the 71st anniversary of the association, during which Naval and Army Cadets, and several serving members of the RAF were invited to participate in the procession.

Standard bearers from local organisations and veterans’ groups lined the pristine grounds close to the resting places of those who have fallen in combat for their country.

Mayor and Mayoress Tony and Mary Branagan were in attendance while the parade commander took a salute on the march past. The RAFA’s Battle of Britain Remembrance Page was made available in the visitors’ book for signing after the service by all who attended.

BROOKWOOD Military Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the UK, and covers a total area of 37 acres.

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