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    75th Anniversary memorial of 550 Squadron RAF in Belgium.

    I know lots of you lads and lasses have visited the commonwealth war graves in Belgium and France and have paid your respects to those that gave their lives during the conflicts on the last century, so this may interest you.

    On 22nd May 2019 a special memorial event is being held in Rebecq, Belgium (south west of Brussels) in tribute to the airmen of the Royal Air Force who fell in Belgium between 1940 and 1945, as well as to all the Belgian Resistance fighters who helped the survivors of the aircraft crashes escape the enemy. The memory of the aviators of the 550 Squadron RAF North Killingholme who fell in Belgium during the Second World War and the Belgian civilians who assisted them to escape from the Nazi occupiers will never be forgotten.

    If anyone finds themselves in the area, this event will be a very worthwhile way to spend an hour of your time. Full details of the event and timings are below:

    CEREMONY OF SOLEMN TRIBUTE – REBECQ – MAY, 22ND 2019 - PROGRAM

    09:00 am: Installation of the Royal Music, the guard of honor, students, Standard bearers and guests.
    10:00 am: Arrival of the King’s Representative
    10:05 am: Welcome address (Speaker)
    10:10 am: Remarks by Mr. Gilbert Beeckmans, President of «The Belgians Remember Them»
    10:14 am: Speech by the British Ambassador
    10:18 am: Speech by Ambassador of Canada
    10:22 am: Recitation of the poem «Elegy to the Heroes of Silence»
    - Bell “Aux Champs” bell
    - Naming of civilian and military victims
    - Fly-past (*)
    10h35: Laying of wreaths
    10:45 am: Bell “Last Post”
    - Recitation “The Exhortation”
    - 1 minute of silence
    - Recitation « The Kohima »
    - Bell « The Reveille »
    10:50 am: National Anthems : God Save The Queen, O Canada, Ode à la joie et La Brabançonne
    10:58 am: Departure of the Representative of King
    11:00 am: End

    11h45 to 13h00 : Reception

    (*) Subject to climatic conditions

    - The guard of honour will consist of a detachment from 1 Wing de Beauvechain
    - Pupils in the 5th elementary school classes at Rebecq schools will participate actively in the ceremony.
    - A Royal Military Music will perform the musical part.
    - All participants will be in place before 9:55 am to welcome the King’s Representative.

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