Virtual Service of Commemoration – Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede

Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic, the Annual Commemorative Ceremony at the Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede, will not be held this year in the usual way.  However, there will be a virtual service that will be shown on various media platforms on Sunday 17th May 2020.

The virtual service is a unique collaboration between the Royal Air Force and the armed forces broadcaster (BFBS).  The collective intention is to ensure that the service is shown across as many Nations and as widely as possible.  In this unprecedented year we have just commemorated the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, we will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day in August and in September we will commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.  And while not forgetting our history and reflecting on the huge commitment of our forebears we will also be reflecting on the tragic loss of so many around the World to COVID 19, the hidden enemy.

The Royal Air Force are asking that nationally and globally we join together to remember those who lost their lives in World War 2 and, to this day, have no known grave; reflecting on the devastation it brought to their loved ones.


How to watch and listen to the virtual celebration, created by BFBS, on Sunday 17th May:

Watch on TV Forces News Weekend at 17.30 (UK time) on BFBS Extra overseas or on Forces TV in the UK on Sky 181, Virgin 274, Freesat 165, Freeview 96 and YouView 96.

Details on how to watch online at 11.00 live Wednesday 13 May (UK time) are at where you can also read about the event.

Listen on BFBS Radio worldwide at 14.30 (UK time) at

– a podcast will also be available afterwards at



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