Thousands honour fallen at Duxford

THOUSANDS of visitors flocked to IWM Duxford on Remembrance Sunday (Sunday November 13) to honour members of the Armed Forces who lost their lives in active service.

At 11am, a two-minute silence was observed across the museum, commencing and concluding with a traditional gunfire salute by The Garrison.

In AirSpace and Land Warfare, families made poppies and added them to a Flanders Field or contemporary warfare frieze respectively.

In the Battle of Britain exhibition, families attempted to make a poppy with one hand (as the poppy was originally designed so that injured servicemen could make them with one hand) and then wrote a personal message on their poppy and added it to the large poppy taking shape on the floor in the Battle of Britain exhibition.

A Service of Remembrance was held in a packed Conservation Hall in AirSpace, with standard bearers from the Royal British Legion and local air cadets. The Sawston Youth Group performed The Last Post and representatives of IWM Duxford, the Royal Anglian Regiment, the Cambridgeshire Regiment, Airborne Assault Museum, USAF 492nd Fighter Group, British Legion, Burma Star Association, 2461 Sawston Squadron ATC, Sawston Youth Group and Duxford Aviation Society laid wreaths in memory of the fallen.

Also in AirSpace was a Wall of Remembrance, where visitors added their own personal messages of remembrance.

A spokesman for the facility said: “We were delighted to see so many people choose IWM Duxford as the venue for their Remembrance Sunday and thank all those visitors who joined us to remember those who gave their lives in conflicts past and present.”