It was with great honour that Phoenix Brass played at the recent Commemoration Service at Ramsbury Airfield to celebrate 75 years since the last minute planning for D-Day was being undertaken at Littlecote House. Military guests, from near and far, visitors, and locals from the towns and villages around the old RAF Ramsbury airfield gathered to honour the fallen of two World Wars and for the final act of Remembrance and dedication of the memorials to remember all the servicemen and women who worked and served there during World War 2.
There were two Memorials to dedicate. The Woodland Memorial Service at Burnt Wood, where over 400 tree saplings (donated by the Woodland Trust) were planted at Remembrance in November 2018, took place at 11am. Anthony Palmer played The Last Post. This was followed an hour later at mid-day by a dedication of the remains of the main runway during which the Band played the accompaniment for the hymns. Towards the end of this service Anthony Palmer again performed The Last Post.
Afterwards, the Band entertained the guests as they enjoyed light refreshments.
Claire Costello, of the RAF Ramsbury Remembrance Project commented: “RAF Ramsbury Airfield, a block of stone and the Information Board finally came together nearly 75 years since the D Day Landings. Butler Signs fixed the mounted artwork to the block and, finally, the role RAF Ramsbury played in WW2 was commemorated”. She added: “we will gather to dedicate two memorials – one to those who gave their lives in the Great War, and to remember all those who worked and served at RAF Ramsbury during the Second. At the going down of the sun we will remember them.”