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International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln.

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I appreciate it’s not ‘gardening’ or the like, but, I wanted to share this visit with you.
We took my parents, last Saturday, to visit the IBCC on the edge of Lincoln.
It opened April 12th, 2018 as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the RAF.
It acknowledges the efforts of BOMBER COMMAND during WW11. During WW11, over a million men and women served or supported Bomber Command.
They came from 62 nations across the world and were united in their attempts to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today.
‘The Spire’ is a memorial which sits centre to the ‘Walls of Names’.
There is a lovely view of Lincoln cathedral from the memorial site.
One pic shows my OH reading some of the epitaphs on the ‘ribbon walk’ with my parents in the distance.
Very emotive day.

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Kate it is a wonderful memorial site. Your photos are very good.
It is well worth a visit, glad your parents enjoyed it.
Marjorie

28 Jul, 2021

 

Such a lovely blog Kate. I don't mean this is a horrible way at all , but .. It has made me feel all cold inside reading and looking at the photos, I am just a sentimental person x

28 Jul, 2021

 

Love this blog Kate as I will not have chance to visit. Thanks for sharing.

28 Jul, 2021

 

Thank you for showing this Kate as I wouldn't be able to go there.
I imagine it was a very moving day!

28 Jul, 2021

 

Kate,I had to show Rich the photos as he is an aircraft buff.....he thought you were visiting Duxford....such an interesting day,I especially like the painted pebbles with poppies on them.

28 Jul, 2021

 

A very 'moving' day I expect.

28 Jul, 2021

 

Thanks for sharing Kate … sounds like a very worthwhile visit.

28 Jul, 2021

 

Thank you, Marjorie! It’s certainly worthwhile..
Dad, especially, really found it very interesting.

28 Jul, 2021

 

Loupylou, I know exactly what you mean…I found it very emotional, especially when I read a lot of the messages/epitaphs on the ribbon walk. Took me back to our visit to Montecassino, several years ago. So emotional and thought provoking.

28 Jul, 2021

 

I’m pleased you liked the blog,Klahanie. It’s such a special way to preserve memories of those fallen in battle…

28 Jul, 2021

 

Thank you, Rose. I did think it was a good thing to post, as I know many wouldn’t be able to visit. So, I thought I’d bring it to you.

28 Jul, 2021

 

Julia, thank you! I hope Rich liked the blog and pics as I know he is a big aircraft/flying devotee!!! You could buy the pebbles from the IBCC shop inside and place them at the bottom of one of the memorial name walls in memory of a relative/friend. Lovely idea..

28 Jul, 2021

 

Yes, it was quite a moving day, Sue. It’s a good thing to never forget isn’t it…

28 Jul, 2021

 

Thank you, Sheila, I’m happy you found it interesting. It’s certainly a memorial to visit…

28 Jul, 2021

 

we had a bike run over there in 2019 on a war time bike and I found my uncle D.C.Foster on one of the memorial plates. He was shot down over Fance. That did make me go cold.

It is an amazing tribute, the spire is meant to be the same length as one of the bombers [Lancaster I think wings.

28 Jul, 2021

 

Very interesting and extremely moving. What a very special place to be able to visit.

28 Jul, 2021

 

As an airforce wife I have visited there as well. Thank you for your informative blog, always good to remember those who showed great courage & fought for their country.

28 Jul, 2021

 

Thanks Chris, it really was a special and moving day. I’m pleased we all managed to visit.

29 Jul, 2021

 

Thank you, Amsterdam! Of course, I imagine you found it extremely interesting, especially as you’ve been. You’re so very right, we need to always remember what these people did for all of us. True heroes.

29 Jul, 2021

 

Eileen, the day we went, there were more than 100 Harleys there..all parked up in a semi circle at the front. The bikers were all having guided tours…the bikes were absolutely amazing!
I bet you were extremely touched and quite emotional when you saw your uncle’s name on one of the memorial walls.
The spire I believe you’re right, is the length of one of the Lancaster wings, truly wonderful.

29 Jul, 2021

 

yes it was sad, it hadn't occurred to me when we first planned the trip. I never knew him, he died late 43 or early 44. he'd best man at my mum & dads wedding. he was dad's younger brother. 1 of 10 kids and the only one of the 3 boys who didn't come back from the war. Dad was RN, uncle Ernie Army and Denny RAF.

The place likes to show case groups, we [AJS & Matchless group]too were on the front grass and they were certainly head turners.

29 Jul, 2021

 

Thank you for sharing your visit Kate as many of us will probably never go there. Always nice to see the places that our members visit. A very interesting place.

30 Jul, 2021

 

It was definitely very meaningful for you, Eileen.

30 Jul, 2021

 

Thank you, Paul, I’m pleased you enjoy my blogs! Very kind of you! I think I’d like to see your cobbles, as you are very innovative.
I shall have to google the memorial near you.

30 Jul, 2021

 

Thank you, Josee, I appreciate your feedback - also, I’m pleased I did share my experience with you all. Thank you for reading.

30 Jul, 2021

 

Sorry,I seem to have missed this earlier ,Kate.and I've loved reading ,and seeing all the wonderful Photo's. Anything like this holds my interest,with having a family member,and his son, who are volunteers ,helping to preserve the Vulcan Bomber at Doncaster Airport, so I find it very moving,thinking of all those who lost their lives protecting us..I will probably never get to Lincoln either,but it would be somewhere I would love to visit,if we did.
Thank you for posting ,it's wonderful :o) x

1 Aug, 2021

 

Thank you, Sandra! I really appreciate your lovely message. I’m pleased you found it interesting and you are able to feel that connection due to family members being involved in this area too.
It is very emotive, as you say, and hopefully our up and coming generations will keep this memory and valuable history alive. Best wishes to you and yours x

2 Aug, 2021

 

Very bittersweet Kate to contemplate the devastation and loss of life, yet we won. I have nothing but sheer admiration and respect for the bravery and selfless love these soldiers have demonstrated towards us. Men and women alike. To willingly die for us. That's love! They died for us so that we can enjoy the sunshine in a free nation. So let's enjoy the sunshine. Let's not take a single day for granted.

The memorial is beautiful and very fitting. The bomber is iconic. Are those red poppies painted on the stones by the headstones? Thank you Kate. I'm thinking of them now.

3 Aug, 2021

 

Thank you, Paul. What a really lovely message you have written - especially on behalf of the memory of those lost during WW11.
I do agree, we should enjoy life as they fought and died for us to do so.
Yes, Paul. They are red poppies, painted on the cobbles. Quite fitting..

4 Aug, 2021

 

Agree!

4 Aug, 2021

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