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Annual Bomber Command Commemorative Wreath Laying Ceremony

 

Where

Sculpture Garden, Australian War Memorial, Canberra

 

When

Sunday 5 June, 11am

 

The Annual Bomber Command Commemorative Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial pays tribute to all those who gave their lives and served in RAF Bomber Command in World War II.

The Ceremony will commence at 11 am Sunday 5th June at the Bomber Command Memorial in the Sculpture Garden of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.  The Ceremony is open to all who wish to attend, however please note that due to COVID restrictions, seating may be limited and may require registering for a free ticket to reserve your seat.

On Saturday 4th June, the Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial will share the story behind a Bomber Command airman on the Roll of Honour. This event commences at 4.45pm and is open to all who apply through the Australian War Memorial. You must have a ticket to attend the daily Last Post Ceremony. Entry is free. For more information go to the AWM website at www.awm.gov.au > Commemorate > Last Post Ceremony.

In addition to the remembrance ceremonies, there will be an informal dinner on Saturday night and an informal lunch following the ceremony on Sunday. Tickets for these will be available for purchase through the Bomber Command Commemorative Day Foundation website at bccdf.org.au closer to the date.

The history of the service of air and ground crews in Bomber Command has provided many examples of courage and sacrifice for others and, at times, extraordinary stories of survival. However, the odds of surviving were poor. A recent issue of the AWM magazine, “Wartime”, noted that, for the estimated 10,000 RAAF aircrew who served in Bomber Command, losses were more than one in three, resulting in more than 4,100 killed. Commemorative ceremonies such as the annual Commemorative Wreathlaying Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial help ensure that the service and sacrifice of the people in Bomber Command is not forgotten.

Please check the Bomber Command Commemorative Day Foundation website at bccdf.org.au for the latest information. If you are not already on our mailing list, please email events@bccdf.org.au to receive updates.