Malayan Veterans' Day and 77th Battle of Britain Anniversary

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Malayan Veterans' Day and 77th Battle of Britain Anniversary

Two events will be held this weekend marking military events on opposite sides of the world; the Battle of Britain and the Malayan Conflict.

A memorial service will be held at the Marlborough RSA Lounge, Clubs of Marlborough at 11.00 am on Saturday, 16 September to mark National Malayan Veterans’ Day.

New Zealand forces served in the 12 years of the Malayan Conflict alongside troops from Malaya, Australia, Rhodesia, Fiji and Britain.

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett will give a short speech of welcome and the address will be given by Peter Callahan, Patron of the Marlborough branch of the Malayan Veterans’ Association.

A memorial service will be held at the Blenheim War Memorial clock tower at 11.00 am on Sunday, 17 September, to mark Battle of Britain Day and to remember the New Zealand airmen who flew with the RNZAF and the RAF.

The Battle of Britain is commemorated as the turning point of World War 2 when the pilots of the RAF staved off the Luftwaffe attack on southern England despite being heavily outnumbered.

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett will give a short address and the keynote speech will be made by the RNZAF Air Power Development Centre Flight Sergeant Kel Ritchie of RNZAF Base Woodbourne.

There will be a fly past by Marlborough War Birds at 11.00 am.

In the event of wet weather this service will be held in the Main Hall, Clubs of Marlborough.

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