Saturday, September 26, 2015

Tearing up the tarmac at Edmonton's Blatchford Field

Blatchford Field in Edmonton was Canada's first municipal airport. Howard Blatchford was an air ace in World War II. This Wing Commander died aged 31 when his Spitfire went down in the English Channel while he was escorting bombers to Amsterdam. Blatchford's father Keith was the Mayor of Edmonton; it was he who created the city airport and for whom it was named. The Aviation Museum is open, but the historic airport is closed. In late August the bulldozers were working tearing up the tarmac to turn the land to other uses. The lines on the memorial panels (one seen at the at the left) are from "For the Fallen," a poem by Lawrence Binyon. One line of the oft-used Remembrance Day poem appears on each of the panels of the memorial tablet at the gate of the Museum: 
"...They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

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