Remembrance shrine to WWII airmen is restored
08 November 2014
Britain's primary memorial to the Royal Air Force casualties of
the Second World War, has been restored by the Commonwealth War
Graves Commission (CWGC) in time for Remembrance Sunday.
The RAF Memorial to 20,000 airmen who lost their lives was
erected in 1949. Since then, thousands have visited on
Remembrance Day and throughout the year, both to pay their respects
and to witness one of the most iconic Commission memorials.
The memorial takes the form of a shrine embraced by a cloister,
in which the names of the dead are remembered. Upon entering,
through a triple arched opening, there is a poetic tribute to the
casualties, hand-engraved on an 8 metre high glass window.
"The 139th Psalm, sometimes called the Airman's Psalm, had been
destroyed following vandalism in June but has been sensitively
re-glazed and re-engraved this week," said CWGC Director General
"The Commission prioritised the restoration of this important
memorial and so we are naturally thrilled to announce its
completion in the run-up to Remembrance Day," the Director General