67 years after the end of the Second World War a memorial to the 55,573 men of RAF Bomber Command who lost their lives was unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen in London today. In the spirit of reconciliation the memorial, which stands in Green Park, also commemorates the civilians who lost their lives to RAF bombing. The centrepiece of the Palladian style Memorial, funded through the Bomber Command Memorial Appeal, is in the classic form of a group of seven bronze figures representing an RAF bomber crew returning from a raid. Above them the design of the roof is inspired by a Vickers Wellington aircraft and incorporates sections of aluminium recovered from a Handley Page Halifax III bomber shot down over Belgium on May 12 1944, with the loss of its eight crew.
Following the unveiling an Avro Lancaster of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flew over Green Park and scattered poppies.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
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