To commemorate the selfless sacrifice of those thousands of brave airman and people across the world during the Second World War, the International Bomber Command Centre is holding its annual memorial and wreath laying service this Sunday, 12th November.
Attendees will come together in remembrance, surrounded by the Walls that carry the names of 57,861 men and women who gave their lives serving Bomber Command in WW2, and in the shadow of the IBCC’s iconic spire.
As well as the wreath laying and two minutes of silence, the IBCC will also be conducting its annual Roll of Honour wherein the names of every Bomber Command veteran who has passed away in the last 12 months is read out by the centre’s volunteers. A particularly poignant display of respect as many of those named will have worked closely with the team helping to build the IBCC’s digital archive.
Nicky van der Drift, chief executive of the International Bomber Command Centre, said: “Remembrance, along with recognition and reconciliation, is one of the three pillars on which we have based the foundation of the International Bomber Command Centre. Even 78 years since the end of the Second World War, it’s important we remember the sacrifice those souls made, which is nothing short of monumental.”
In addition to the Sunday remembrance service, the IBCC has also worked with local schools to organise a special day for children to learn about the sacrifices made during the war, and why it’s still important to remember them today. With more than 300 children visiting the IBCC in person, a further 2,130 children will be able to partake through a special assembly package developed by the IBCC.
To find out more about the IBCC, visit its website here: https://internationalbcc.co.uk/