The FONFA Annual open air Memorial Service was held at the New Forest Airfields Memorial at the western edge of the WWII Holmsley South airfield, on Sunday June 25th at 2 p.m.
Civic Leaders and Representatives of the Czech and Slovak Embassies and the Australian Air Force attended the service. Several Veterans and Service organisation standard bearers attended to remember the 20,000 airmen and ground crews, and the 10,000 civilians, who staffed and supported the airfields during World War II. FONFA Trustee and former Chairman, John Brooks, made the introductions before the ceremony, which was conducted this year by the Reverend Canon Bill Rogers, from the Forest & Avon Team Ministry. Canon Rogers’ own military service was in the Army, during which he spent most of his time as an engineer, supporting and maintaining RAF airfields. Speeches were made by the Chair of the New Forest District Council, Councillor Christine Ward and the Mayor of Christchurch, Councillor Nick Geary, during the Service. Standards Bearers at the Service John Brooks welcoming the attendees Reverend Canon Bill Rogers conducting the Service Distinguished Guests at the Ceremony included the Chair of the New Forest District Council, the Mayor of Christchurch and Dr Julian Lewis, Member of Parliament for the New Forest East constituency. Military representatives were in attendance from the Australian, Czech, and Slovak Embassies. Photographs courtesy of Tony Prince and Wendy Goodall