With the bank holiday weather being a bit mixed a trip to the Cambridge American cemetery at Madingley for their memorial day.
Memorial day is traditionally held on the last Monday in May, it is time for Americans to reflect on and honour the service all those who lost their lives in service of the United States armed forces.
This year the service of remembrance was to mark the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings.
Every year Memorial day is marked by a service of remembrance at the American Cemetery, Madingley and features speeches from senior personnel within the armed forces, then followed by a traditional flypast by aircraft represented by the United States Air Force from nearby RAF Mildenhall and sometimes RAF Lakenheath, and vintage element is represented by aircraft from nearby Duxford.
Arrived at 10-15am and by then there was plenty of people about, service personnel, veterans and the general public all here to pay their respects to all who gave up their lives for others. At 11-00 am the service began with a flypast by a KC-135R tanker from 100 Air Refuelling Wing, based at RAF Mildenhall followed by speeches from the various high ranking official’s with in the forces and the civil community before the wreath bearers marched on to take there places and hand over their wreaths to the waiting veteran’s for them to lay them down in front of the memorial wall, this followed by the raising of the flag and a rifle volley then it was the turn of the vintage flypast, this year it was a close formation of a B-17Flying fortress,P-51 Mustang and a P-47 Thunderbolt all of which operated out of nearby Duxford.
I had time to reflect and a thought of those who gave their lives so we can be here today, it was not all about the photography, but I still took a few to complete this blog.