News Items including commemorations attended by representatives of AFHG / GPFA
26 November – French Ambassador’s Residence, Kensington Palace Gdns, London. Formal reception for the Presentation of the Legion d’Honneur to the AFHG Director, Ian Reed MBE, and the Ordre National du Mérite to the President of ANMONM, Mdme Marie-José Clayton. In attendance: French Ambassador, Defence Attaché, Military Attaché, Consul Général, UK Air Attaché (Paris), heads of Anglo/French Associations, colleagues, families & friends.
14 November – Remembrance Sunday – National Commemoration – The Cenotaph, London SW1A
11 November – Annual Commemorations at Brookwood CWGC Cemetery, Sussex with French Ambassador in attendance.
10 November – AFHG – Annual Commemoration of the French & British aviators of WWII and Annual lunch at the Royal Air Force Club attended by French Defence Attaché, French Air Attaché and 30 representatives of Anglo/French associations.
29 October Annual Memorial Service Gallipoli & Dardanelles International, All Saints Church. Kings Lynn – www.gdinternational.org.uk – www.facebook.com/gallipolianddardanellesinternational.
13 October – Major Commemoration of No. 346 “Guyenne” & No. 347 “Tunisie” RAF Bomber Command / Armée de l’Air at Base 106, Merignac, Bordeaux. (the base to which the two heavy bomber squadrons (RAF Elvington) returned to a liberated France in October 1945).
Formal presentation of a part of Halifax “L for Love” which was discovered at Wersten near Dusseldorf in 2019 and returned home 77 years later. (see https://afheritage.org/tha-man-who-fell-from-the-sky-l-for-love-part-i)
29 September Belgians Remember Them – tribute to RAF airmen who fell in Belgium and the Resistance involved in their rescue. Annual ceremony at the Rebecq Memorial, Walloon Brabant, Wednesday, 29 September 2021, 10 a.m. HM the King represented. Details & applications: firstname.lastname@example.org
16, 17, 18 September – 8pm until midnight- Enfants de Paris, WWII plaques / art video installation. Le Pantheon, Paris. In English: https://afheritage.org/children-of-paris. – en français: https://afheritage.org/enfants-de-paris-avant-que-la-memoire-ne-sefface-philippe-apeloig
15 September – Battle of Britain Commemoration, Arc de Triomphe, Paris. “Ravivage” – relighting of the flame of the Unknown Warrior with Mdme Geneviève Darrieussecq, French Minister for Remembrance & Veterans; British Ambassador HE Menna Rawlings & Air Marshal Sir Graham Stacey RAF. The event was attended by representatives of other nations and was accompanied by troops and orchestra of 2nd Blindée (Armoured) Division “Lcclerc” (the French division which liberated Paris in 1944).
A following event at the British Embassy included the presentation by the British Ambassador to France of the British wartime medals to the family of former French Battle of Britain pilot Yves Biere who was KIA in 1941. (see end of: https://afheritage.org/the-battle-of-britain-80th-anniversary ) and the M.B.E. to the AFHG Director.
18 June – Annual commemoration, at General De Gaulle’s former wartime, Carlton Gardens, London SW1, of his BBC Radio broadcast to the people of Occupied France on 18th June 1940, fundamentally establishing the committment to fight on as Free French. (limited due to pandemic).
6 June – Official Opening of British D-Day Memorial – Ver sur Mer, Normandy. https://www.britishnormandymemorial.org/
22 to 29 January The Night of Ideas on-line Souvenir français – www.nightofideas.co.uk/whats-on
16.12.20 AFHG presentation to Members of the Ordre National de Mérite via Zoom.
09.12.20 AFHG Director addresses French Air Force officers at Ecole Militaire, Paris, on traditions and patrimone.
30.11.20 – Luc sur Mer – Trophy for local investment awarded by the President of the Calvados Region for the creation the Memorial Square and Memorial with the Hommage to the British 46e Commando. This award decided by the Mayors of Calvados is a great honour for the Maire and Luc-sur-Mer.
23.11.20 80th anniversary commemoration of Hampden Crash – Vannes 56000.
11.11.20 Many commemorative events were cancelled due to pandemic restrictions including the annual AFHG/GPFA events at the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London and at the RAF Club. Smaller and restricted access events still took place at war memorials. Here in the City of York, the unique AFHG wreath (British & French roundels combined) lays alongside those of regional and national regiments, squadrons and services.
19/20.09.20 Battle of Britain 80th Anniversary Walk following the historic coastal route near Manston to finish with a presentation at Hawkinge. 09.00 Manston museum & airfield memorials – commence at 10.00 from Sandwich. Contact: https://freedomtrailtreks.com/
15.09.20 – Annual Battle of Britain Ceremony, Arc de Triomphe, Paris. (restricted due to pandemic)
18/19.08.20 Official ceremonies of 78th anniversary of Operation Jubilee – the Dieppe Raid. Exhibitions throughout the summer Municipal Theatre, Memorial: Place Camille-Saint Saëns.
06.08.20 76th anniversary of the crash of 151 Squadron RAF, Mosquito, Jonsac 17500 (54 mls north of Bordeaux SW France. 17h45 at Jonsac Railway Station. RAFASW France.
18.07.20 100th anniversary Assoc. Nationale pour le Souvenir des Dardanelles et Fronts d’Orient, Paris 17. (see: https://afheritage.org/hello-world )