On Sunday 15 September 2019, Air Cadets of Devon & Somerset Wing accompanied by local air scouts, cubs and members of the Royal British Legion, joined together to remember those who fought to defend our country during the Battle of Britain.
Following a church service at Southernhay United Reformed Church, the cadets and scouts paraded through Exeter city centre. Some 150 air cadets were on parade and were led by the Devon & Somerset Air Cadets Band.
Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Sir Harry Studholme and the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Peter Holland, took the salute from outside the Guild Hall. A wreath laying ceremony took place at the War Memorial on the Cathedral green, after which the Deputy Lord Lieutenant and Lord Mayor spoke with many of the cadets, scouts and staff on parade.
Squadron Leader, David Rolfe, Wing Media Officer for Devon & Somerset’s Air Cadets said, “The air cadets on parade from Devon & Somerset Wing are immensely proud of their RAF uniforms and the history of their parent service. We are all here to remember those who gave their lives during the Battle of Britain”.
The Battle of Britain which took place from July to October 1940, is arguably the most important action in which the RAF took part. War time Prime Minister, Winston Churchill famously said of the battle “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”. Together with its Commonwealth allies and pilots from many other nationalities, the RAF prevented the Nazi invasion of Great Britain during World War II.