The No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum’s annual Remembrance Day ceremony is set for 3:00 pm Sunday, November 11, 2018 in Oakland Memorial Park at 117 Bradshaw Street in Terrell, Texas.
The ceremony will be followed by a Heritage Tea at the Museum located at 119 Silent Wings Boulevard in Terrell, Texas.
The Remembrance Day ceremony honors 20 British cadets who died in plane crashes while receiving their pilot training at the Terrell Municipal Airport before and during World War II. They are buried in a designated area of the cemetery under the British flag. The plots are lovingly maintained by Terrell residents under the supervision of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
The simple ceremony includes prayers, scripture readings, poems and brief remarks. A wreath of poppies will be laid at the foot of the central monument by a current RAF officer stationed in Greenville, TX and a member of the museum’s board of directors. A fly-over by World War II era planes concludes the ceremony.
After the remembrance ceremony, guests are invited to the museum for tea. Representatives of several British organizations – Daughters of the British Empire, Transatlantic Brides and Parents Association and the English Speaking Union – attend the event along with local officials, museum members and guests. The event is free and open to the public.
The No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum was established in 1987 to house, collect and display memorabilia related to the operation of the flying school at the Terrell Municipal Airport during World War II. One of only six flight schools in the country set up by the U.S. military, civilian instructors at the flying school taught more than 2,000 young, English and Canadian aviators to fly from 1941-1945.
The Terrell community welcomed the young airmen, offering home-cooked meals and transportation, forming life-long friendships and continuing to care for the graves of 20 cadets and instructors who died during training exercises.
For information visit www.bftsmuseum.org or call 972-551-1122.