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Remembrance Sunday at IWM Duxford - Sunday 8 November

Wednesday, 14th October 2015.

Free admission to all

IWM Duxford offers free admission to all on Remembrance Sunday, as members of the Armed Forces who lost their lives in active service are remembered at this historic former RAF Fighter Station.

Between 10am and 3pm in the foyer of AirSpace, visitors can make their own poppies and wear them, or attach them to a large frieze depicting a First World War Flanders Field. In the Land Warfare exhibition between 10am and 3pm, visitors making poppies will be able to attach them to a frieze representing contemporary warfare.

At 11am, a two-minute silence will be observed across the museum, starting and finishing with a museum-wide whistle blast, in remembrance of the symbolic signal to go ‘over the top’ in the trenches of the First World War and the millions of men who died in battle.

At 12.45pm, RAF Cadets and Standard Bearers will march from the Hangar Base to the Conservation Hall in AirSpace in preparation for the traditional Service of Remembrance at 1pm, which will be led by Reverend Phil Sharkey. IWM Duxford’s partner organisations will lay wreaths in honour of the fallen. In Voco Parentis, the parents’ and friends’ choir of Kings College School will perform the poignant choral piece In War: Resolution, composed by Malcolm Archer with text taken from the Winston Churchill book The Second World War.

Following the service, as a historic de Havilland Dragon Rapide aircraft flies alongside the AirSpace building, poppy petals will be released from the aircraft in a poignant tribute to the men and women who served at RAF Duxford.

IWM Duxford’s replica memorial church is open to visitors throughout the day for historical interest or quiet contemplation. The replica memorial church is dedicated to those who lost their lives while serving at RAF Duxford.

There will also be a trail around the museum, exploring the range of memorials which honour individual people, sections of the Armed Forces and historic military campaigns. It shows the many different ways in which war and conflict are commemorated for future generations.

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