Air superiority helps preserve freedom

Sam McNeish
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AMHERST - Winston Churchill was poignant in saying that 'so much owed by so many to so few' following the Battle of Britain.

Now, 67 years later, these words still ring true as members of the Armed Forces battle evil to keep society a free.

AMHERST - Winston Churchill was poignant in saying that 'so much owed by so many to so few' following the Battle of Britain.

Now, 67 years later, these words still ring true as members of the Armed Forces battle evil to keep society a free.

These sacrifices of air force personnel will be remembered in the Battle of Britain ceremony held at the cenotaph in downtown Amherst and in communities from coast-to-coast starting simultaneously Sunday, Sept. 16. at 12:15 p.m.

"This day, the battle of Britain is a commemoration, it's our day for the air force,'' retired airman and master of ceremonies Frank Stetton, said.

"The Canadian fighter pilots and U.S. Eagle Squadron were all connected with the RAF as were the Aussies, New Zealanders and the Poles and the Czechs who were able to get out of Europe,'' he added.

These brave men and women were the only thing that stopped Adolph Hitler from invading England. He knew he had to knock off the RAF to do so, that was his obstacle.

"They (Germany) didn't succeed despite the RAF being massively out manned. They saved Britain from invasion,'' Stetton said.

Stetton said the commitment of Canadian Forces in Afghanistan has made the sacrifices of those who fought in the Second World War and other major conflicts more paramount to the freedom held by so many around the world.

As plans were finalized for the ceremony, Stetton took time to remember a former colleague who worked diligently on Air Force activities.

"This was Don Gibson's day. He worked so hard so that people would remember,'' Stetton said.

"More and more people have been coming out to these ceremonies because of the work Don did. Not only Battle of Britain but Remembrance Day too. He was passionate about it and we owe a lot to him for helping us remember."

The ceremony will commence at 12:15 p.m. and will include Stetton as MC; dignitaries from the various levels of government will bring greetings and Rev. Glenn Eason of Christ Church, the air force chaplain in this area will lead the service.



smcneish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Canadian Forces, Air Force, Christ Church

Geographic location: Britain, AMHERST, Europe England Germany Afghanistan

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