65th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony

This took place on 21 June 2009. As well as elected officials, members of French armed service veterans' associations and many people from the area, it was attended by:

There was as usual a ceremony of remembrance at the graveside, then a memorial stone was unveiled at the crash site on the edge of the village.

The procession enters the cemetery...

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...and makes its way to the graveside

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Looking from the war memorial towards the airmen's grave

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Some of those attending

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Bouquets of remembrance

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A minute's silence

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Solemn thoughts

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Olivier Dassault (Deputy to the National Assembly from Oise), Nick Goodwyn (CO of 115 Squadron), and Olivier De Beule (Mayor of Gannes and co-organizer of the event)

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Chris Dawson with her wreath of remembrance

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The grave after the ceremony

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Chris Dawson, Mike Duff, and eight members of Finsbury Park Cycling Club flanking Anne Storer

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The site of the memorial stone at the eastern boundary of Gannes

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Before unveiling

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Anne Storer and Olivier De Beule unveil the stone

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Chris Dawson, Olivier Dassault, Anne Storer, Olivier De Beule, Mike Duff, Dominique Lecomte (the other co-organizer), and Nick Goodwyn

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After the ceremony

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Remembrance of ex-colleagues

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A permanent reminder near the crash site

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Some of those attending explained why they were there:

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