Several members of Royal Air Force Coningsby were invited to Luxembourg by the British Embassy and the Chairman of the Royal Air Force Association Luxembourg Branch as part of a traditional event which takes place every year to commemorate those who gave their lives whilst serving.
OC Base Support Wing, along with ten members of Depth Support Squadron attended the weekend.
On their arrival, they were welcomed by Madam Ambassador Alice Walpole to the Embassy Residence and greeted by staff and embassy officials.
The night consisted of a social event, meeting foreign dignitaries, RAFA members, and members of other armed forces at the reception, while also getting a real feel for what the whole weekend was about.
The following morning they paraded at three memorial services.
The first, held at the Winston Churchill memorial in Luxembourg City centre, was attended by the RAF contingent and the Ambassador, who laid a wreath in honour of the fallen.
This was followed by a ceremony at the RAF graves in La Madeleine, Pétange, where the Coningsby representatives were joined by members of the Luxembourg Army, locals and veterans.
The final ceremony was the “Victimes de Nazisme” monument in the centre of Pétange, where they laid another wreath and provided a Guard of Honour.
Throughout this weekend, the RAF contingent upheld the outstanding reputation of the Royal Air Force and this was noticed and commended by Madam Ambassador Walpole and members of the other armed forces.
Over the weekend, there was also a gala dinner, hosted by the RAFA Wings Appeal, where the members of RAF Coningsby sold raffle tickets to raise money for RAFA and to positively promote the RAF. The top sales went to Wing Commander Spencer-Thomas and SAC(T) Locke who sold an astonishing 843 tickets, towards a total in the region of £2,500.