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Aberdeen Airport pays tribute

18/03/2009

Wreaths have been laid at a brand new memorial at Aberdeen Airport this morning, to mark Armistice Day.

The newly installed memorial was dedicated to the members of the RAF 612 Squadron by the Airport Chaplain Deacon Lewis Rose. The Dyce terminal was home to 612 Squadron during WW II.

The memorial service was attended by, among others, members of the RAF Association, Airport staff, former servicemen, their families, Aberdeen's Lord Provost, and holders of some of the military's top honours.

Shortly afterwards, the airport fell silent to mark a 2 minute silence.

Managing Director Kevin Brown said, “This is a very poignant day in the history of the airport. We are all acutely aware, especially in this our 75th birthday year, of the sacrifice made by the brave men who served here.

“It is very humbling to be laying a wreath at this memorial and taking time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“At times like this, our thoughts also turn to those troops who are currently serving across the globe and this memorial is also in their honour”

During the dedication Deacon Rose said, “We all have different hopes, but one hope I am sure that we all have that one day the world will live in peace.

“As one commentator once said' Hope is not a matter of tickling our minds but changing our lives and influencing society' which is not for the weak hearted, but something for those who have the confidence that they can achieve this. Which why we are gathered here today”

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Peter Stephen said, "On behalf of the people of Aberdeen I am absolutely delighted this war memorial has been unveiled at Aberdeen Airport today.

"It is wonderful that among the distinguished veterans Mr John Cruickshank (the last surviving holder of a VC for air action during WW II) and Mr Philip Dawson (a former fighter pilot during WWII) have joined us today as it makes the ceremony more pertinent".

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