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Wycombe to commemorate Battle of Britain

Royal Air Force personnel and dignitaries will parade through High Wycombe town centre on Sunday morning to commemorate the Battle of Britain.

The parade will begin at Wycombe District Council’s offices and continue along the High Street to All Saints Church for the act of remembrance at 11.30am, where wreaths will be laid at the war memorial by RAF personnel and other dignitaries.

Following prayers, the bugler will sound the Last Post to mark the beginning of one minute’s silence before the bugler sounds Reveille. Dignitaries will then make their way into the church for a service led by The Revd Hugh Ellis.

Wycombe District Council Chairman Cllr Suzanne Brown said: “We welcome the opportunity to honour the bravery of those who fought in the Battle of Britain, to pay our respects to those who serve our country and to remember all those who have lost their lives in conflict.”

The Battle of Britain was a crucial battle of World War II, fought in the air between July and October 1940. After Hitler's invasion of France, the German Luftwaffe launched a sustained attack to try to defeat the RAF and take control of Britain.

The RAF's defence of Britain from Nazi Germany in the air caused Winston Churchill to comment: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."