Seven Jewish Canadian Airmen will be remembered at Stonefall, Airmen’s Regional Cemetery, Forest Lane, Harrogate, on Sunday 10th September at 3pm when AJEX participate in the Royal Air Force, Battle of Britain Parade and Service to honour the memories of Airmen lost during the last war.
They gave their lives for us.
Leeds AJEX Chaplain Rabbi Anthony Gilbert will be our officiating minister with Rev Dr Alan Garrow. At the colourful ceremony in the presence of Her Majesties deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Harrogate Mayor and Mayoress, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, Military Officers and others will lay 15 wreaths, flanked by many Standards, and Squadrons of Airforce Cadets.
The Royal Air Force will provide the Guard of Honour. Musical accompaniment will be by the Tewit Youth Band. There are 1016 graves; two thirds are Canadian Airforce that made up No6 RCAF Bomber Group. Many died in Harrogate Hospital. A senior Officer from the London Canadian Embassy will lay a wreath.
This annual event is supported by AJEX, Leeds Jewish Representative Council and Major Clive Behrens branch of the RBL. As the 7 Jewish Airmen have no known relatives, we will visit each grave in turn, dip the two Jewish Standards in their Honour, place a Mogan Dovid Poppy by each gravestone and recite Kaddish.
Please be at Stonefall by 2.40pm.