Kevan Jones MP, Labour’s Shadow Armed Forces Minister, ahead of the unveiling of the Bomber Command memorial today, said:
“It is essential that we remember the enduring sacrifices made by the 55,573 young bomber command airmen, and recognise the pain suffered by their widows, families and friends.
“Their contribution to the defeat of Nazism during the Second World War should not be underestimated. This memorial, however, is not about victory but remembrance and recognising their sacrifice.
“It is significant that the memorial acknowledges the losses of people from all nations who were killed in the bombing campaigns of 1939-1945. There is no other conflict from throughout history that has touched the lives of so many.
“I am delighted that the unveiling of this memorial in Green Park in London is finally able to provide a proper place for the families of those who were killed and for the wider public to pay their respects. This memorial will not only act as a fitting tribute to the honour of their service, but will also provide a vital way for future generations to learn more about an important part of our nation’s history.”