More than 3000 candles of remembrance were placed on graves at God’s Acre Veterans Cemetery in Esquimalt tonight as part of a ceremony to recognize the Battle of Britain.
Military personnel from Maritime Forces Pacific were joined by representatives from veterans’ organizations, Cadets, Brownies, Guides, and Scouts, as well as members of the public to place the candles.
Dignitaries including B.C.’s Lieutenant-Governor and the Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific were also on hand.
The Battle of Britain took place between July 10th and October 21st 1940.
More than 100 Canadian pilots flew in the battle and 23 were killed in what is considered a key victory for the allies over Nazi forces during the Second World War.