Ceremony Caps off 100 Years
Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CA-18 Mustang VH-SVU / AM-G makes its dedication pass
Wednesday, March 30, was the date on which the Royal Australian Air Force concluded its year of centenary celebrations with a moving ceremony of dedication at RAAF Base Point Cook for the new Air Force Centenary Memorial “THEN. NOW. ALWAYS”.
Dedicated to the 350,000 personnel who have served since 1921 and continue to serve Air Force. Located at Air Force’s original base at the southern end of the parade ground, it will be a permanent legacy of the Centenary program.
Chief of Air Force (CAF), Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, AO, DSC
The memorial includes officer and enlisted rank insignia, and is representative of all employment groups within Air Force, since its formation.
It forms a semi-circular shape that completes the circle formed by the Australian Flying Corps Memorial on the opposite side of the parade ground, Defence said.
The new Air Force Centenary Memorial “THEN. NOW. ALWAYS”.
On special occasions, Defence said the memorial will also feature a vertical spotlight to honour the 3,143 aviators who have no known grave.
Although not a public event, highlights of the dedication were the RAAF Roulettes and 100 Squadron’s Mustang which made passes overhead and we saw the unveiling of the memorial by the Chief of Air Force (CAF), Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, AO, DSC and dedication by Principal Air Chaplain. Mark Willis.
Respect is Paid to all who served
The Catafalque party formed up . The Ode was read, Last Post was played and a minute’s silence was observed, a lone piper joined the RAAF Band for Amazing Grace.
The Roulettes returned for a four-ship display, Roulette 7 Ben Price narrated the manoeuvres. Past Chiefs of Air Force mingled with veterans of past wars for a memorable event.
RAAF Roulettes display sequence
We concluded our day, visiting the original memorial at the Northern end of the parade ground, and the Chief of Air Force Memorial Gardens and nearby walls of plaques. Tomorrow, the RAAF turns 101.
Flight Lieutenant Ben Price, 34, grew up on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.
CAF meets RAAF veterans from across the decades
RAAF Roulettes Salute
AAF Roulettes break overhead
Air Force Cadets March out