An ‘hon­our’ to be at memo­rial un­veil­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Ken­dall Brown is still com­ing back down to earth af­ter two trips to Europe re­cently on be­half of the Air Train­ing Corps.

The Tawa 17-year-old was one of two New Zealand air cadets who at­tended the un­veil­ing and ded­i­ca­tion of a memo­rial to RAF Bomber Com­mand by Queen El­iz­a­beth last month. He joined 33 Kiwi vet­er­ans at the cer­e­mony in Lon­don, and says it was an hon­our to be there.

‘‘ There were cadets there from Bri­tain and across the Com­mon­wealth. This was one of the best things I’ve ever achieved, talk­ing with the vet­er­ans, hear­ing their sto­ries, help­ing them when I could.’’

The un­veil­ing was marked with a fly-by of Ty­phoon air­craft, and a Lan­caster drop­ping one mil­lion pop­pies over Lon­don.

‘‘The poppy drop sent a real shiver down my spine and just that feel­ing when the Last Post echoed out over the park. I won’t for­get that cer­e­mony in a long, long time.’’

Ken­dall, a war­rant of­fi­cer with No 41 Squadron (City of Porirua), was back in New Zealand for only a week be­fore trav­el­ling to Bel­gium for three weeks as part of the an­nual In­ter­na­tional Air Cadet Ex­change.

Ken­dall, who has am­bi­tions to be an RNZAF pi­lot, says the high­light was fly­ing an F-16 sim­u­la­tor.

‘‘It was an amaz­ing trip.’’

High flyer: War­rant of­fi­cer Ken­dall Brown.

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